Deron Williams didn’t want to even address it, but Dwight Howard didn’t mind admitting that, yes, he and Williams went out to dinner Wednesday night when Williams arrived in town with the Nets.  Read more after the jump.

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“Since he’s been in the league, every time he comes to town, we go eat dinner and just kick it,” Howard said after the Magic’s shootaround today. “We’ve been friends since the Olympics, and so we go out to eat, have a bite.”

Earlier, Williams had stammered and said, “I don’t even know — I really don’t,” when asked if he had dinner with Howard. However, when asked if he would recommend New York City living to a 6-foot-11 friend, Williams said, “Yes, I would definitely recommend the area.”

Howard said he and Williams did a low-key dinner, not wanting to set off any kind of firestorm.

“He wanted to be silly and joke about it, but I said ‘No, this is not the time. Let’s just go eat, and then go have a good game against each other tomorrow.’ That’s it,” Howard said.

Howard said the restaurant picked up the tab for the two.

Howard reportedly has asked Orlando to trade him, and reportedly has listed the Nets as his No. 1 preferred destination, based on his desire to play with Williams.