There have been roughly one million deadlines made during the Dwight Howard trade rumors since they began, but eventually one of them is going to stick. Hopefully it's Wednesday's.
The New Jersey Nets have been the main team mentioned in pursuit of the Orlando Magic's All-Star center, but they've reportedly tired of pursuing him. In fact, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher, they're either going to trade for him or give up trading for him in the next 12 hours.
Source: Nets will "resolve" their pursuit of DH today; either get him or move on.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 11, 2012
The reason the Nets are hoping to get the Magic deal done is because they have a center of their own that they're currently trying to appease in Brook Lopez. If Lopez isn't signed soon, trouble could ensue.
Lopez's agent pushing Nets to either sign Lopez for themselves or do a sign-and-trade by end of the day.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 11, 2012
Nets fearful of an offer sheet for Lopez from another team if they don't act by end of day.Offer sheet would kill sign-and-trade anyway— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 11, 2012
It's risky to report this considering the amount of moving parts involved -- what if the Nets publicly announce that they're never going to trade for Howard and then Magic general manager calls them up and offers Dwight Howard for a ride on Mikhail Prokhorov's yacht, for instance -- so hopefully the Nets decide that they're going to "get him" and everything is resolved by Thursday.
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