Wolves miss out on Howard

Report: Magic set to sign free agent to five-year deal

Wire reports

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to look elsewhere for a free agent.

Coveted free agent Juwan Howard has quietly declared his intent to play in Orlando through the prime of his career.

Howard has orally agreed to join the Magic and sign a five-year deal, several NBA sources told the Orlando Sentinel. The deal would start at the mid-level exception, which is estimated at $4.8 million. Over the course of the contract, Howard would earn somewhere in the $28 million range.


Free agents cannot sign until Wednesday, so the Magic will have to wait and even ponder worst-case scenarios. In addition to the Wolves, Detroit was interested in Howard, and until he signs the contract, they have a chance to pull off a miracle.

But Howard wants to play in Orlando. It is the Magic's most significant signing since Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady joined them three summers ago.

• Los; Angeles Clippers restricted free agent point guard Andre Miller has agreed to sign with the Denver Nuggets, a source within the NBA said Sunday. Miller, the NBA's assists leader in 2001-02, is expected to sign the deal once the league's free agency period begins Wednesday, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

The Clippers will have 15 days to match the offer.

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