After days of reports and rumors, on June 11, clubs were finally able to officially make moves and many of them did, but the biggest talent on the potential dealing block, All-Star center Dwight Howard, stayed with the Magic.
Talks of a four-team trade deal collapsed when Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan ruled out a transfer to the Nets, Howard's preferred destination.
"Anything is possible, but with the talks that we have had up to this point there is probably not a whole lot there," Hennigan said of reviving a Nets deal for Howard.
Hennigan believes such a trade would not be in the Magic's best interest, even though Howard could play out a final season and leave on his own terms in another year. Hennigan said that when he told Howard about his decision, the star big man was 'conversational, respectful, professional and business-like.'
The Magic are still looking for a new coach, with Hennigan believing a hire could come as quickly as next week. Hennigan said he has spoken with other clubs about obtaining Howard, a list that reportedly includes the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers.