The Nets' pursuit of Dwight Howard appears to be dead once again -- for now anyway.
Hours after the Nets reportedly set an ultimatum to acquire Howard today or else they'd end their pursuit, Magic GM Rob Hennigan told reporters at the NBA Summer League in Orlando this afternoon that he was still talking to the Nets, but didn't seem overly enthused by any of the potential offers and said things are "stationary" with the Nets at the moment.
"Anything's possible," Hennigan said. "Currently structured, there's not a lot there."
Hennigan, who said he spoke with Howard today, denied reports that trade talks had been suspended until the Magic find a new coach, calling it inaccurate. However, Hennigan didn't deny that if the Nets re-sign restricted free agent center Brook Lopez to a maximum four of five-year deal, chances of trading Howard to the Nets takes a hit since, under league rules, Lopez couldn't be traded until Jan. 15.
With the Blazers and Bobcats reportedly set to offer Lopez a max four-year offer sheet, the Nets didn't want wait around and let that happen, given it would have made a sign-and-trade sending Lopez to Orlando virtually impossible.
The Magic recently viewed Lopez's medical records to gauge his health. Lopez played in just five games during the lockout-shortened season due to a broken foot and subsequent ankle injury.
"We've done our research regardless," Hennigan said. "Whatever the discussion, we're equipped with the information we need."