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NBA Free Agency 2011: Orlando Magic Grant Dwight Howard Permission To Speak With Three Teams, Including New Jersey Nets

Late Friday night, reports surfaced that the Orlando Magic had granted franchise center Dwight Howard permission to talk to three teams. It was reported earlier in the day on Friday that the Magic were considering filing tampering charges against two teams for talking with Howard without their permission. It was reported that Howard had met with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King in Miami this week.

Howard still denies meeting with the Nets, but apparently New Jersey is one of the three teams that he now has permission to speak with, presumably about a trade and an extension to be worked out with that new team should he be traded. Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, sent word to the media and Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix immediately tweeted the details.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:

The Nets are one of three teams that Howard has permission to speak, but Fegan says Howard did not attend a meeting with Nets officials.

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