Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/11/12
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The Dwight Howard sweepstakes will not be ending anytime soon.

Trade talks between the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets -- the only team to which he will agree on a long-term commitment -- broke down July 11 when the Nets signed current center Brook Lopez to a four-year, $60 million deal.

Lopez, the key player in heated trade talks with the Magic, is untradeable now until Jan. 15, 2013, under terms of the collective bargaining agreement. The Nets signed Lopez just hours after failing to reach a deal with the Magic.

Howard, who asked to be traded to the Nets, can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, which has discouraged most teams from making an equal-value offer unless he will commit to the future.

Howard had been pushing for a trade to the Nets, who are moving into a new arena in Brooklyn next season. The Magic also had been talking with the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, but nobody was offered enough to make the deal worthwhile for the Magic.

"What I've said from Day One is that we will do whatever it is that's in the best interests of this organization," said new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan. "I'm going to stand firm on that."

The Magic considered a deal with the Lakers, but they were concerned with the health of center Andrew Bynum.

Hennigan said he would not rule out the possibility of Howard opening training camp with the Magic, despite Howard's desire for a trade. Howard had an opportunity to become a free agent this summer, which would have solved all his problems, but late last season declined to opt out of the final year of his contract.

"I'm not worried about our personal feelings," Hennigan said. "If I get some gray hairs because of it, so be it. We're going to do what we think is the best decision for us."

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