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Nets improving digits for Dwight?

Possible change to Teletovic contract could keep Brooklyn in Howard hunt

Updated: July 4, 2012, 6:44 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Brooklyn hurt its chances of getting Dwight Howard with all the other deals it made, as I wrote Tuesday.

That part remains true, but the Nets may not have damaged their odds to quite the extent we previously thought. As a reminder, none of these contracts we're hearing reported are on paper yet (moves can't be made official until July 11), and until they are, there's always room to wiggle.

Well, something could be wiggling. A source close to the negotiations tells us that Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic might not sign with Brooklyn for the non-taxpayer's midlevel exception, as originally reported, but for the taxpayer's midlevel, which is a smaller contract with a maximum of $3.09 million for the first year.

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