Is the end actually near for the Dwight Howard saga?
Before I duck out again, a Dwight Howard note: the Magic, I'm told, are hopeful that they can pull the trigger on a deal by early August (although I certainly couldn't tell you which one it might be).
However, also according to Amick, it isn't clear what deal specifically the Magic are hoping to make—not to mention Orlando's GM doesn't seem ready to make a deal just to make one.
Amick describes Hennigan as being "prudent" during the whole D12 process, which means although the Magic have a hopeful deadline to end this whole mess, nothing is certain.
Tell me something I don't know.
The Howard trading saga has been going on for longer than anyone likes to nauseatingly recall. In all that time, Howard has been linked to numerous teams, and his flip-flopping from wanting to either remain with or leave the Magic has become epic.
Orlando's trading partners have dwindled down after the Brooklyn Nets pulled themselves out of the race when they re-signed Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries, both to multi-year deals.
It remains to be seen if Hennigan will actually meet this new deadline or if the Magic GM will continue to hold onto his franchise player for just a little longer and quite possibly for the start of the 2012-13 season.
But judging by the ugly nature of this entire process and Howard's broken relationship with the only team he's ever known, it's unthinkable that D12 could possibly start the season in Orlando.