In their pursuit of Nash, the Raptors extended a three-year, $20 million offer to Fields, hoping to keep him out of a sign-and-trade deal for Nash between Phoenix and New York. The good news: There was no sign-and-trade. The bad news: Nash is in L.A., and Toronto will pay an average of $6.5 million a season to a shooting guard who shot 25.6% from three-point range last season. Oops.
The Magic deemed Brooklyn's package for Howard headlined by Lopez and three first-round picks insufficient, increasing the possibility that Orlando will start the season with one very disgruntled big man on its hands. Rival executives believe Orlando's best option is flipping Howard to L.A. for Andrew Bynum, if both centers commit to long-term extensions. (Howard has so far said he'll only sign with Brooklyn.) If not, the Magic may wait to test the market until Jan. 15, when teams can trade free agents they acquired this off-season. Could be a fun few months in Orlando.