Clippers, Magic haven't discussed a Dwight Howard deal
If Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would be interested in being traded to as has been reported, that is news to both teams, according to several NBA executives not authorized to speak publicly on the situation.
The Internet report said Howard was intrigued by the Clippers after they acquired Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups to play alongside Blake Griffin.
According all the executives, the Clippers and Magic haven’t had any recent discussions about Howard being traded there and that the report wasn’t true.
Howard’s agent, Dan Fagen, had been given permission to speak with the Lakers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks about his client.
The Magic know that the Clippers won’t trade Griffin for Howard and Orlando has no interest in Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to the executives.
Kobe Bryant has reached out to Howard recently, said two people not authorized to speak on the matter.
But Howard has also talked with Nets guard Deron Williams.
Fagen didn’t return reported phone calls.
-- Broderick Turner in Salt Lake City
Photo: Dwight Howard goes up against the Knicks' Jared Jeffries. Credit: Jason Szenes / EPA