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Cavs' pullout slows Howard trade talks

ORLANDO — The Cavaliers might receive a standing ovation the next time they play in Orlando, because Cleveland, in a roundabout way, could prevent Dwight Howard from going to the Brooklyn Nets.

The Cavaliers withdrew from discussions about a potential three-team trade with the Magic and the Nets — with the Akron Beacon Journal reporting that the Cavs never were very interested in the deal.

The Cavs' decision didn't mean a deal to send Howard to Brooklyn was dead. It meant that the Nets had to try to find a third team willing to take unrestricted free agent Kris Humphries or that the Nets and the Magic had to agree to a two-team deal.

Meanwhile, the Magic continued to discuss possible deals with the Rockets, Lakers and Hawks. HoopsWorld reported that those teams had discussed a possible deal that would send Howard to the Lakers, center Andrew Bynum to the Rockets and a mixture of young players and draft picks to the Magic.

The deal with the Nets and Cavs would likely have left the Magic with 7-foot center Brook Lopez and several draft picks. Lopez missed all but five games last season with a stress fracture in his right foot and a sprained ankle.

Around the league

CLIPPERS EXTEND GRIFFIN: Blake Griffin and the Clippers agreed to a five-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $95 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. Griffin will make the maximum if he is voted to start on two All-Star teams. He was voted in as a starter by the fans last season.

DUNCAN TO STAY PUT: Star center Tim Duncan agreed to a three-year extension worth about $36 million to stay with the Spurs, Yahoo reported. Also, ESPN reported that guard Danny Green and forward Boris Diaw agreed to deals with San Antonio.

SICKLES' HENSON SIGNS: The Bucks said they signed first-round draft pick John Henson, who played at Tampa's Sickles High, to a multi-year contract. The 6-foot-11 Henson was the 14th overall selection out of North Carolina.

WARRIORS-76ERS DEAL: The Warriors agreed to trade Dorell Wright to the 76ers for the rights to a player in Europe, the Associated Press reported. Golden State would receive Edin Bavcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The move would free up about $4 million in salary cap space for Golden State, which drafted small forwards Harrison Barnes of North Carolina and Draymond Green of Michigan State.

SALARY CAP: The league set the 2012-13 cap at $58.044 million, same as this season, and teams could begin signing players today. All of the deals agreed to in the past week plus can become official today. The luxury tax level is also unchanged, remaining at $70.307 million.

OTHER DEALS: The Pistons signed Andre Drummond, their first-round draft pick from Connecticut, to a multiyear deal. … The Hawks signed John Jenkins, their first-round pick out of Vanderbilt. … The Heat agreed to a deal with forward Rashard Lewis, who will take the $1.35 million veteran minimum. His agent, Tony Dutt, said Lewis would sign today. … The Timberwolves agreed to a deal with Russian guard Alexey Shved, AP reported. … JR Smith's agent said Smith will re-sign with the Knicks.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Cavs' pullout slows Howard trade talks 07/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:09am]

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