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Thursday, December 29, 2011
D-Will, D-12 had dinner Wednesday night

By Mike Mazzeo

Nets point guard Deron Williams and Magic center Dwight Howard had dinner together Wednesday night, Howard told reporters in Orlando.

"Since he's been in the league, every time he comes to town we go and eat dinner and just kick it," Howard said Thursday morning. "We've been friends since the [2008] Olympics. So we go out to eat, have a bite."

The Nets and Magic play on Thursday night at Amway Arena. D-Will avoided any questions about D-12 during his pregame interview with the media.

"I don't know. I really don't," Williams replied when asked if he and Howard went out to eat together.

"He wanted to be silly and joke about it," Howard said. "But I said, 'This is not the time. Let’s just go eat and go have a good game against each other [Thursday].'"

Howard said neither he nor Williams paid the check. "It was the restaurant," he said.

Williams has made it known that he’d love to play with Howard. He said he'd definitely re-sign with the Nets if they were to land D-12. New Jersey has certainly been trying, but hasn't been successful.

On Wednesday, Howard didn't want to address his request to be traded to the Nets. It has been widely reported, though, that Howard would also love to team up with Williams once the team moves to Brooklyn next season, forming one of the most formidable superstar duos in the NBA in the league's biggest market.

The Nets thought they were close on a three-way blockbuster trade with Orlando and Portland in the offseason, only to be told that the Magic were taking their 26-year-old big man off the trade market. Brook Lopez, the centerpiece of those talks, broke his foot in the Nets' final preseason game, and will miss at least the next six weeks.

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