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Magic Moving Forward Without Strong Dwight Trade Options

2012 July 11
by Brian Serra

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Another day has come and another stalwart is in place. With the Magic not satisfied with the current deals on the table, the Magic are moving on from conversations with the Brooklyn Nets and onto more pressing matters. Rob Hennigan spoke to the Orlando media this afternoon have hit a “stationary” point.

With Brook Lopez likely to sign a max contract in the next several hours, this essentially removes the Brooklyn Nets as a trade partner for the immediate time being. ***UPDATE: Lopez agreed to a 4-year, $61M with the Nets***

Currently unsatisfied with the potential deals on the table, the team is going to move forward with its coaching search as well as digesting any new nuggets that come out regarding the overall free agency market. Most importantly, the team will not sit idle waiting for the team to settle or resolve any Dwight Howard trade scenarios.

Despite what seems like an overall lack of communication between Dwight and the Magic, Hennigan did confirm that he spoke with Dwight today and has been in continuous dialogue with Dwight and his camp. According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, the conversation that Hennigan had with Howard today involved the Magic telling him, “we tried.” Separately, Hennigan described the conversation to the media as “positive”.

With all that being said, the trade request is NOT off the table and the team will continue to shop Howard and try to find the best deal. However, they won’t let the organization stand complacent as other teams around them get better. They will continue interviewing coaching candidates and will continue to digest ways to improve the franchise. Hennigan is preaching decision making without emotion and trying his best to practice that principle.

That may be painful to hear and tough to believe, but it’s hard not to trust Hennigan as he continues to adhere to the principles he preached from day one on the job: it’s all about process.

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