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Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:52 am
Even as the NBA launched into damage-control mode Friday over commissioner David Stern's rejection of a trade sending Chris Paul to the Lakers, another firestorm started. The Orlando Magic were considering tampering charges against the New Jersey Nets, front office sources confirmed to

The charges would stem from an alleged meeting between Dwight Howard and Nets representatives in Miami in recent days as New Jersey prepared a blockbuster trade offer to land the All-Star center. reported that the meeting was attended by Howard, some of his business associates, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Nets general manager Billy King.

Howard told, "There was no meeting." Prokhorov's spokeswoman, Ellen Pinchuk, did not respond to a request for comment, but King issued a statement Friday echoing Howard's denial.

"Contrary to published reports," King said, "the New Jersey Nets did not meet with Dwight Howard." 

UPDATE: The Magic on Friday night gave Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, permission to speak with three teams -- the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks -- about a potential trade, a person familiar with the decision told But at the time of the reported meeting between Howard and Prokhorov, no permission had been given, the person said.

"I've seen the report, but I have no idea whether he met with them or not," Magic CEO Alex Martins said. "And so we'll certainly look into that. But at this stage, it's just a report."

Orlando's goal remains to retain Howard, but the organization has made the decision that it will not suffer the same fate as when Shaquille O'Neal left as a free agent in 1996 and the team received nothing in return. Also, Magic GM Otis Smith will not have Howard's destination in a trade dictated to him by Howard or his agent, a person with knowledge of the organization's strategy told

It was a second straight day of buffoonery for the NBA as it tried, and failed miserably, to shake off the effects of a five-month lockout and launch abbreviated training camps and free agency Friday. The season starts in 16 days, and two of the league's biggest stars evidently are frozen in their cities while other teams struggled to field enough bodies to hold training-camp practices. 

"Bizarre," said one general manager who was navigating the madness.

The league does not investigate possible instances of tampering unless it receives a specific charge from one of its teams. The aspects of the rules that would apply to Howard's alleged meeting with Nets officials is that teams are not permitted to speak with players under contract with another team without that team's permission. The Magic evidently had no knowledge of whether Howard was meeting with Nets officials, though Orlando GM Otis Smith would certainly be well aware of the Nets' desire to acquire their superstar.

Since joining half the league in clearing 2010 cap space and failing to land one of the top free agents last summer, the Nets pursued and failed to land Carmelo Anthony, who ultimately was traded to the Knicks. New Jersey responded by sending Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks to Utah for star point guard Deron Williams, whom they are now feverishly working to build around and keep him from leaving as a free agent after the 66-game 2011-12 season. In addition to preparing a trade offer for Howard that would include center Brook Lopez and two first-round picks, the Nets also were courting Nene and were telling some teams Friday they were closing in on the free-agent big man.

Several people on the periphery of the discussions said Friday night that, by all appearances, the Nets were closer to landing Nene than trading for Howard.

Howard has been careful not to publicly request or demand a trade. But his close associates have insisted for more than a year that Howard was looking to land in a marquee market, with Los Angeles and New York at the top of his list for obvious reasons. The Nets, who are moving to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, would fit Howard's desires, sources have told

As if that weren't enough news for one team for one day, the Magic also announced Friday they were waiving guard Gilbert Arenas and using the collective bargaining agreement's new amnesty provision to wipe the $19.3 million he is due this season off their cap and tax. Teams that are under the cap will have a chance to bid on assuming a certain percentage of Arenas' contract, with the winning team's bid offsetting Orlando's financial obligation to the former All-Star.

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:07 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

Doesnt the NBA see whats happening here? They are contracting as we speak. The big markets getting all the good players. They need to help speed up the process and instead of the players going to the big market teams just contract...first... the NBA owned Hornets.then ... Let Mike get back to betting golf. Orlando cant keep Howard. BYE BYE> You go there to get some sun or go to Disney. period..Whos next Minn..drop Boozer.. Bring in Love... Has to be one more out there. give Gilbert his money back... Toronto..Then.. put all the players from those teams in a draft.. Worst to first.. and start stacking teams.. the games will be great.. more talent in the middle size cities as well as the bigger cities.. Go with a 24 team league.. Shoot... you can probably go to 20. A battle every night. Areana's packed.. each team w a chance. Now its the best in the world going at it every night.. Then you will still have the Developemental league.. expand to 20 and have a minor league team for each fanchise.. with a high range salary of 500k.. and a min. of 60k.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:40 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets


Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:18 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

You read my mind, Billy!  I don't get it.

You would think that Noah, Deng, first rounder from Charlotte and the Bulls #1 would be more desirable than damn Brook Lopez.

In my opinion, GarPax is asleep at the wheel right now.  Gonna go on the cheap for Rip instead of J. Richardson, too.

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:37 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

Lakers may have started the current Super Team trend back in 2004, when we got Karl Malone and Gary Payton. The Celtics and Heat followed. Now the Lakers are trying to do it again with Paul and maybe Howard.

The ultimate Super Teams, however, will be the Celtics and Lakers of the 80's. Magic, Kareem & Worthy--can't touch that trio.

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:09 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

I hope howard is traded to the NETS.  Lakers are doing everything in their power to have Kobe, Paul and Howard on the same team and that would be just terrible for the NBA.  This era of stacked power teams is just sickening to me.  The NBA Draft has become INSIGNIFICANT because it used to be a franchise player could reverse the fortune of a struggling franchise, now you better have 3 FRANCHISE players or you're doomed.  This is just a bad bad course to be on and more and more markets will lose interest completely and teams will AGAIN struggle to sell tickets and make a profit.  The boston celtics are to blame for this when they got ALLEN, GARNETT and PIERCE together, the NBA will never be the same!

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:56 pm
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Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:43 pm
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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:10 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

What the hell is going on with the BULLS....
They can offer more
Noah, Deng, Gibson & 1st rounderss....

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:59 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

The deal the Nets offered will make you just a little better than sucky. I'd rather completely suck and take my chance w/ the ping pong ball.

I'd rather be Cleveland than Denver right now. One has a potentially bright future with Irving and Thompson. The other will be a 6-7 seed with Galinari. 

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:58 pm

Magic considering tampering charge vs. Nets

"The lakers should have to give up multiple number 1 draft picks for any trade for Paul not just give up a journeyman player like Odom , Stern was right to veto that trade !"

You are a mind numbing dumb ass. They were getting a quality big man, two very good starters, a solid 6th man AND a draft pick. You don't have a fucking clue what you are talking about. 99% of the GMs, players, former players, writers etc... all said same thing. New Orleans was getting a great package for a guy who could walk at end of year for nothing.

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