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Orlando Magic May File Tampering Charges Against New Jersey Nets, Say Reports

The Orlando Magic may file tampering charges against the New Jersey Nets, alleging improper contact with superstar center Dwight Howard, who's due to become a free agent in 2012, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is said to have met with Howard on Thursday night, the center's 26th birthday. ESPN's Chris Broussard adds more detail, saying the meeting took place in Miami and included Howard, Prokhorov, Nets general manager Billy King, and Howard's "business associates."

Additionally, Amick says, Orlando considered filing similar charges against the Houston Rockets for an alleged meeting between Howard and coach Kevin McHale. However, it decided against making those charges "due to lack of information," according to Amick.

David Aldridge of first reported the news that the Magic were considering filing tampering charges with the league, though he did not name the teams in question.

For more Magic coverage, please visit Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog.

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