The front offices of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets conversed plenty during the Dwight Howard saga that lasted into August, though a trade agreement never was reached.
Each new-look squad is still finding its footing without him, but Orlando hopes the recent on-court history between the clubs remains in its favor.
The Magic seek their 11th straight victory over the Nets as both teams look to avoid a three-game losing streak Friday night at the Amway Center.
Numerous trades reportedly were proposed between Orlando and Brooklyn, which hoped to land Howard with a package centering around Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and multiple draft picks.
But Brooklyn turned its attention to acquiring Joe Johnson from Atlanta while re-signing Lopez, Humphries, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams in July, and the Magic wound up dealing Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team trade with Philadelphia and Denver.
The Magic (2-2) won their first two games under new coach Jacque Vau...