At least one Orlando Magic reporter believes that the team will not make a move to trade Dwight Howard today. Try to follow me here:
Jarrod Rudolph of Real GM tweeted just a few minutes ago that the Brooklyn Nets are “very close” to getting Dwight Howard. Rudolph is saying his sources told him the deal could be completed “very soon.”
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Ryan Anderson will likely not re-sign with the Orlando Magic, but will be moved in a sign-and-trade. Wojnarowski didn’t specify which team Anderson would be traded to. We told you via the Sacramento Bee last Monday that Anderson met with the Sacramento Kings over lunch, then toured their practice facility.
Our boy David Pingalore from Local 6 is back to breaking news, or something to that effect. He is reporting that the Orlando Magic’s head coaching search was narrowed down to two candidates after learning that information from his notorious sources. Ping is reporting that the list was narrowed down to “the San Antonio Spurs number one assistant Mike Budenholzer,” and Maurice Cheeks.
A source told Ping that Budenholzer is considered the front-runner.
However, since Ping’s report, a more credible source has emerged with information that negates Ping’s latest report. Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweeted shortly after Ping’s report:
In this trade scenario the Magic would send Howard to Brooklyn in exchange for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and three future first-round draft picks. It’s important to note that Lopez and Humphries are free agents, and would be sent to the Magic in a sign-and-trade, therefore would have to agree to any potential trade.
Restricted free agent Ryan Anderson met on Monday with the Sacramento Kings over lunch, reports Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Jones tweeted just after 7 p.m. that sources have confirmed that Anderson met with the Kings over lunch. Anderson also visited the team’s practice facility on the trip. Anderson was born in Sacramento and attended the University of California, Berkeley.
His sources close to the situation are saying that the Clippers have come out as a “real and viable suitor” to land Howard. If a deal can’t be made to send Howard to Brooklyn, then the Clippers could be an option because they feel that with Howard playing alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would entice Howard to stay long-term.
More on the Dwightmare, Dwight has finally broken his silence speaking with both Jarrod Rudolph, of RealGM, and Adrian Wojnarowski, of Yahoo! Sports, about his siutation with the Orlando Magic. Making two points clear; one that the media and their “sources” are wrong, and two that there is only one team that he would re-sign with. Although he didn’t say which it’s pretty obvious that team is the Brooklyn Nets.
Alex Kennedy of Hoops World is reporting that Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson were almost involved in a physical altercation at the Magic’s practice facility this season.