The Magic have begun informing teams that Dwight Howard is no longer on the trade market, two sources told ESPN.com.
The Magic decided that none of the various offers they've received, most notably from the Nets and Lakers, is worth executing, according to sources. To avoid any more drama, the team is no longer taking calls on Howard, sources said.
Tough break for the Nets and their fans. For now. Don't rule out D-12 for down the road -- possibly at the trading deadline.
It may be time to revisit the possibility of signing Kris Humphries for a year at a higher salary (in the $8 million to10 million range), with the idea that he'd become an expiring contract when he's eligible to be traded again in two months or March 1.
The Nets could also pursue a small forward like Josh Howard or Shawne Williams.
Their roster is still far from competition. More on this later.