“That’s not where we are,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. “What we’ve basically said is we don’t feel like we have to trade him today. We’re going to continue to look and explore opportunities. Actually, I don’t know if anything changed in my mind. "We're still exploring all opportunities. Our first opportunity is to keep him in a Magic uniform."
via Joshua Robbins — Dwight Howard trade: Orlando Magic talking Dwight Howard trade with New Jersey Nets
With the framework of a deal in place, talks had reached the ownership level in Orlando, league sources said. Nevertheless, Magic ownership did not approve of the trade, and general manager Otis Smith then informed teams Howard had been removed from the market.
Howard has warned the Magic if they don’t move him by the March 15 trade deadline, they’ll lose him for nothing in free agency. Howard told the Magic again on Tuesday that he wanted a trade, a league source said.
“Dwight’s not a happy camper,” one league source told Y! Sports.
via Adrian Wojnarowski — Magic tell teams they’re not trading Howard
If we learned anything from Carmelo Anthony last year, it’s that in a situation like this, talks are never dead until the contract is signed.