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Stein: "Growing Fondness" For Wallace Complicates Howard Talks?

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the early season play of Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace makes a previous 3-team trade discussion involving the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets -- one that was centered around Dwight Howard -- even more difficult. ------------------------------- The consensus is that the Nets, thanks to Lopez's broken foot, will have to assemble a more attractive deal than the three-teamer discussed in December that would have sent Lopez and Portland's Gerald Wallace to the Magic -- while also unburdening Orlando of the unwanted contracts owned by Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon -- before Lopez went down. The Blazers' growing fondness for Wallace since those discussions dissolved would presumably make it tough on the Nets just to get talks back to where they were last month with the Magic and Blazers; Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would have furnished Portland with four first-round picks in exchange for its willingness to surrender Wallace. ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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