Source: Ric Bucher / ESPN
The Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic attempted to execute a last-gasp deal that would send All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Nets, but they could not reach agreement and talks between the two sides have ended, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
Sources said earlier Wednesday that the Nets had decided to “resolve” their situation with Howard by 6 p.m. ET. That inspired renewed talks, in which the Nets offered four future first-round picks, centerBrook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries in sign-and-trade deals, the source said. The offer was rejected by the Magic.
“We’ve moved on. It just got to a point where we couldn’t keep going back and forth with Orlando. They had about 14 days to do something and didn’t. We just had to move on, and we felt that way this morning,” a Nets source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor.
The source said Lopez was close to signing an offer sheet, which would have prevented his inclusion in a Howard trade, anyway. One source close to the process told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats had informed Lopez’s camp that they are prepared to sign him to four-year max offer sheets.
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