by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Dwight Howard’s impending free agency, and the general belief that he won’t be a member of the Orlando Magic for very much longer, have been hot-button topics for a couple of years now.

After the Los Angeles Lakers were unceremoniously booted out of the Playoffs on Sunday, the rumors that Dwight was LA-bound went into overdrive. And Howard evidently hears about all of them, which is upsetting for the big fella.

Dwight Howard took to Twitter late last night to voice his frustration with the media, blaming the local paper for seemingly trying to push him out of town.

It’s something Howard claims the local press also did to Shaquille O’Neal before he left Orlando for Hollywood:

“Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It’s annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando.

Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh

The reality is that the media in Orlando is actually quite pro-Howard; all you have to do is read most of the newspaper articles and blog posts to realize it.

Should Dwight Howard leave as a free agent next summer — or via trade during the 2011-2012 season — it won’t be due to the media, but that aspect will make for a terrific excuse. Best of luck to him trying to sell it, though.