12 Jul 2012

Howard stays with Magic

12:35 pm on 12 July 2012

The biggest talent potentially on offer before the NBA basketball competition's signing moratorium ended is going nowhere.

The All-Star centre Dwight Howard will not be leaving the Orlando Magic for the Brooklyn Nets - but the NBA champions Miami Heat have completed the signings of free agents Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

Talks of a four-team trade deal collapsed when Magic general manager Rob Hennigan ruled out a transfer to the Nets, Howard's preferred destination.

Hennigan says such a trade would not be in the Magic's best interest, even though Howard could play out a final season and leave on his own terms in another year.

The Magic are still looking for a new coach, with Hennigan saying a hire could come as quickly as next week.

Former Boston guard Allen and Washington forward Lewis joined Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James with the Heat for a reported $US6.3 million deal over two years.

Allen won his lone NBA crown in 2008 with Boston and star teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.