EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King vehemently denied rumors Wednesday that he was in trade discussions with the Orlando Magic regarding All-Star center Dwight Howard.
"I'll go on the record that I haven't talked to Orlando about a trade since February, right before the trade deadline," King said at a press conference at the team's practice facility. "I have not had any conversations at all with my good friend Otis (Smith, the Magic general manager).
"So, I don't know where that is coming from."
There were published reports which stated the Nets were in talks with the Magic about trading two first-round draft picks and center Brook Lopez in return for Howard, who is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent next June.
King also promised that if a trade does happen involving any Nets, it won't be a long, drawn-out process like the three-month pursuit of Carmelo Anthony was last season. Several Nets were subjected to daily rumo...