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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic May File Tampering Charges, According To Report

With Dwight Howard's departure from Orlando imminent in some people's eyes, the Orlando Magic are contemplating filing tampering charges against two teams for illegally contacting Howard, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. It remains unclear which two teams the Magic may be targeting.

Several teams have expressed interest in Howard, with the New Jersey Nets vaulting to the head of the list after the Los Angeles Lakers' trade for Chris Paul was vetoed by commissioner David Stern. NBA teams are not allowed to contact Howard while he is under contract for the Magic. Of course, back-channel deals do still happen, and many still believe the Miami Heat tampered in acquiring LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Howard is under contract with the Magic until 2012, but Orlando is exploring trade options so they do not lose Howard for nothing next summer.

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