Howard’s future remains in limbo

Through all the hype being built up lately involving Dwight Howard being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, it now seems that any deal with Brooklyn looks to be dead.  Orlando Magic General Manager, Rob Hennigan, addressed the media Wednesday afternoon and pretty much ruled out any deal that would send Howard to Brooklyn.

“Anything is possible,” Hennigan said when asked about if a trade with Brooklyn could still happen. “But with the talks that we’ve had up to this point there’s probably not a whole lot there.”

After Hennigan’s press conference multiple sources throughout the league reported and confirmed that the Brooklyn Nets and their restricted free-agent center Brook Lopez agreed on a four-year, $60 million max contract officially ending their pursuit in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes until at least January.  With Lopez now signed he cannot be traded until Jan. 15 because of the new NBA collective bargaining agreement rules.

Lopez also missed all of last season with a foot injury.

During the press conference Hennigan also stated that the Magic are still in talks with other teams involving Howard and that other teams are still aggressively trying to acquire the six-time all-star. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets have been reported to be teams still in the mix now that Brooklyn appears to be out.

When asked if Howard will remain with the team, Hennigan said “We want our players to be invested in the organization.”

Hennigan also told reporters Wednesday that the Magic have interviewed several candidates to be the team’s next head coach but no finalists have been determined yet. The Orlando Sentinel reported earlier this month the Magic planned to interview Michael Malone, Brian Shaw, Quin Snyder and Jacque Vaughn for their head-coaching vacancy. All have four candidates have some level of experience coaching in the NBA.

“We’re still working through our research and buttoning up some things, but I can say that we’re making progress and coming up with some clarity in the very near future,’’ said Hennigan. “We want what’s best for the organization and our fans deserve that. Our fans deserve to know that whoever is on our roster will be about certain things and will be invested in the organization. We want our fans to know that we’re going to make decisions that will put our organization in a situation to be successful.”