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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 5:46 pm  |  52 responses

Orlando Magic GM: Dwight Howard Requested a Trade (to the Nets?)


Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith confirms to the Sentinel that superstar center Dwight Howard has formally requested a trade from the team (a couple of times, in fact): “Smith said Howard has made the request twice in separate conversations since Monday. Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent, didn’t immediately return a phone message for comment. Smith emphasized that the Magic want to keep Howard long-term, and he added that Howard and his camp haven’t told the team that he definitely will not remain with the franchise. Indeed, Smith repeated what Magic officials have said for days: that the team will make every effort to keep the All-NBA First Team center. ‘We wouldn’t be who we are if we don’t take a look around all 29 teams and try to make the best deal for the Orlando Magic,’ Smith said. ‘He can have his list of teams that he would like to go to, and we’ve probably got a few on our list of teams that we would like. But at the end of the day, we want him here and we want him in a Magic uniform for his career. With that said, we’re going to make the best possible deal that we can make if we have to trade him.’ On Friday, Smith gave Howard’s camp permission to have contact with officials from three teams — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets — and seek a trade. After the Magic completed their first training-camp practice Friday, Howard was asked what his long-term plans are. He mostly evaded the questions. Asked if he can see himself staying with the Magic for the entire 2011-12 season, he responded: ‘As of right now, I’m here. Like I’ve said, that’s the only thing that matters, and that’s it.’”

UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports, Dwight Howard is seeking a trade to the New Jersey Nets: “Los Angeles had long been a preferred choice of Howard’s, but sources say that several factors have pushed him toward the Nets over the Lakers. Howard has a strong relationship with Deron Williams, and has also resisted following the same career path as Shaquille O’Neal, who left the Magic for the Lakers two decades ago. The Nets are offering a package centered on Brook Lopez, and multiple first-round picks, sources said. New Jersey could also be looking for deals to sweeten its offer to Orlando. The Nets have been determined to make a deal for Howard, one of the league’s most dominant players, to be a centerpiece for them as the move into the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next season. Howard could pair with All-Star point guard Deron Williams to make the Nets instant Eastern Conference contenders. The Magic are still focused on a possible trade to the Lakers, sources said, for a package that would include Andrew Bynum. The Magic want to unload Hedo Turkoglu in any deal that includes Howard. The Nets, flush with salary cap space, would likely take Turkoglu into a deal. Howard prefers to the Nets over the Lakers, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility that he would sign a long-term extension with L.A. should he be traded there.”

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  • T-Money

    can lakers pull this off? better question, should they try to secure deal for dwight first before going for cp3?

  • denmark

    omfg…come to the lakers, it would simply be so kick ass to have d12.´give them bum knee bynum and gasol….

  • DuckTape The Mob

    where the laker haters at

  • gubbins

    That training camp interview was absurd.

  • RunNGun

    D12 would be eating his own words (“not following shaq”) if he went to the Lakers. And were the trade to happen, Shaq still owns D12. If he can forget the cold, the Nyets would a nice landing spot for him.

  • jsmallz

    really why should the cold matter these guys can afford a house anywhere live anywhere any time of the season

  • RunNGun

    @jsmallz That’s a great question to ask the media; especially WOJ and the tools at ESPN. Every time an NBA free agent is asked about small and mid-markets north of the Mason-Dixon Line, their comment is… “TOO COLD.” But if it’s a big-market with a cold climate, the media seems to forget this…

  • chubby

    Dwight is going to LA to play with Kobe and Chris this will set the Lakers up now and when Kobe leaves because they will have the two most important pieces a guard and center. I prefer he go to LA because I am a Knick fan and I would like to see Jersey suffer. Without Nene, Chandler or Dwight, Deron Williams will be opting out of Jersey and then leaving. Go Lakers.

  • chubby

    Oh yes, since I am from New York and live in LA once Kobe is gone the Knicks will be my favorite team with Lakers being 2nd. Go Lakers.

  • LA Huey

    @RunNGun, surely you can understand the difference between living in NYC/Chicago and Cleveland/Milwaukee during the winter months.

  • T-Money

    apparently, dwight is requesting to go to nets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    T-money, where did you hear that? was it the same report from a couple days ago or is it something new? just wondering

  • RunNGun

    @LA Huey… in case you failed your geography class in elementary school, since California’s public school systems are the worst in the country, Milwaukee is just a 1.5 hour drive up north from Chicago and is often been referred to as a “suburb” of Chicago. Cleveland and New York are located on a similar longitudinal lines and share similar weather patterns. When it’s cold on the Rust Belt, it’s f’n cold. It’s not all palm trees up here in New York.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    nvm lol just seen the update

  • RunNGun

    D12 to the NYETS. Make it happen, Mikhail! LOL

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Dieght to NJ, and CP to LA have been clear destinations for those 2 for about 2 weeks imo

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Does any player have any sense of loyalty anymore? Can’t we all see the pattern that’s happening? Is there anybody (outside of LA) who wants to see the best players just teaming up because they can’t win on their own? The NBA has gotten pathetic from all involved. Tim Duncan is a refreshing light among the gloom.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Aw hey, c’mon RunNGun, I’m at a California Public School, that ish hurts.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    jrich just signed a 4 year 25 million dollar deal with orlando

  • BigBlue

    lol if dwight does end up with the lakers it would be freaky at how history repeats itself, shaq takes orlando to the finals and loses, so does dwight. shaq ditches orlando orlando for la, do does dwight. shaq completes a threepeat and wins 3 finals mvps, so will dwight =)

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    i kinda like him not follow shaqs career steps. him and dwill in brooklyn can start a new chapter and new attraction.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I rather watch CP on a great team in LA and DHow play with DWill in NJ than on the team they were on before.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Tim Duncan and the Spurs are refreshing because they’re a dynasty and have the best coaching staff/management in the entire league. Unfortunately for New Orleans and Orlando, it’s a different story.
    Although things are looking quite promising for New Orleans even in spite of Chris Paul leaving. Monty Williams proved to be one of the best coaches in the league last season, and their GM Demps is putting together a solid deal that might get them back in the playoffs.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Word Teddy, I just don’t like the attitude of the average NBA superstar today. I mean, each player has the right to voice displeasure about their team and choose where they want via FREE AGENCY. But to handicap a team by demanding where to be traded? Just seems pretty uncool to me.

  • robb

    it’s not up to Dwight, so let’s see what happens.

  • robb

    it’s not up to Dwight, so let’s see what happens.

  • neaorin

    Technically he is not demanding where to be traded, but any prospective team wants to know whether he would sign an extension when he becomes a free agent. Nobody is gonna gut their team for a one year rental. Teams want to know in advance where they stand, so they don’t waste their time. So he’s letting them know.

  • Allenp

    He is not demanding to be traded. He is being traded before he walks as a free agent. And he is letting it be known that he wont sign a new deal in certain cities..
    That is not like demanding a new trade one year into a five year deal. Not at all.

  • megatron

    woww cp3 deal is off, lakers are going after dwight now

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Dwight and Deron would be the best PG/C combination since.. well..Penny and Shaq (if you consider Penny a PG). Or Nash and Amare (if he’s a 5).
    Either way, that’d be sick. Lopez is a much safer option for the Magic than Bynum too. Bynum will never have the offensive skill-set that Lopez does. Plus, the ability to free up cap space by moving Hedo has to be an extra incentive for the Magic office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Bynum/Gasol for Dwight/Hedo…that’s how I see it right now

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Or maybe LA adds draft picks and $$$ as well.

  • dma

    I don’t see Orlando taking on Bynum, not just because of his injury history, but because their rosters have typically been “good guys” (with the exception of arenas) and I’m not sure how much they’d want Bynum, with the last thing he did was try to take out barrea.

  • charliewinning

    Morons (Caboose) still talking about loyalty here? Did you just crawl out from under a rock, or are you just that mind-numbingly stupid that the concept of a lockout was completely lost on you? This is a business! The owners showed that they have no loyalty to the players. They don’t even respect them. Why should the players be loyal to anyone but their own interests?

  • http://slamonline.com megatron

    Caboose is a lil slow. So is GheyTaylor21, Egirl, AllenPrincess, Enigdummy, Jewkai, FakeShow, The Seed that shoulda been aborted, NBKKK, all Bulls fans and Kobe The Uninvited A-guest fans.

  • slamfan4life

    why not chi….dont get it

  • ron

    shaq went to the lakers two decades ago???

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Charliewinning: Idk, ask Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Steve Nash. Maybe I’m just complaining because I see the direction the league is heading in and I don’t like it. And I know the owners are still gonna be idiots (Nene getting signed for how much??) so maybe I just expect more of the players, which I suppose is not a reasonable substitution. And megatron, there’s a reason no one respects your opinion around here.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    that was not me at 12 38 ….

  • Anthony

    id dwight does not want to play with a point gurad than he does not want to win

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Sorry mt, I was confused cause that sure didn’t sound like you.

  • charliewinning

    Sorry Caboose but your rationale makes no sense whatsoever. The players, who were spit on and treated like dirt by the owners, are supposed to show loyalty to those very same owners? The fact that you don’t like “the direction” of the league means the players are wrong for putting their interests ahead of the owners’? For every example you provided of a player who showed “loyalty” by sticking with a franchise there are countless others who are happy with going w/ their gut. Tim Duncan had pieces around him in SA and 2 max contracts. He had no reason to leave. Pierce won a chip ONLY after KG left the TWolves. Dirk won after Kidd got there, after trade from the Nets. Nash won…oh wait, he has no ring. Ask him if he’s happy about that. Did you get where I’m going w/ this?

  • D12

    D12 and DWill in Brooklyn. Come on Nets I want to see another good team in the NBA besides the same 5 that make it every year. Dwight to Nets will be good for the rest of the fans of the NBA that aren’t part of the ususal five that make it every year.

  • Oscar

    If Howard is smart the Bulls is the best place he can go!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    My point Charlie, is that those players didn’t force the hands of anyone (management, fans, etc) to parlay themselves into a different situation. And I’m not talking about winning with those players, you actually gave evidence against yourself, buddy. Pierce didn’t win UNTIL Garnett came to Boston. But he still stayed with the Celts. Yeah, Dirk didn’t win UNTIL Kidd came. But he stayed with the Mavs. Nash STILL hasn’t won yet he’s STILL STAYED with the Suns. You can’t win a ring every year; maybe some players should just stick it out and believe in their management’s ability to build a good team like the Celtics, Mavericks, and Spurs did.

  • Logan

    im starting the rumor…….russell westbrook and serge ibaka for dwight howard………..

  • Allenp

    Do you really trust management to make good choices? Why?

  • ripslam

    Lopez + two picks AND the absorption of Turkoglu’s atrocious contract is a better deal for the Magic, future-wise, than an aging Gasol and fragile Bynum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    lol Caboose, I didn’t even see your comment til just then, I was just quickly scrolling through and seen that someone used my name

  • charliewinning

    You still haven’t proved why players should show loyalty to a team. At least give one good explanation. The only point you’ve made is that you basically think players should limit their options because you don’t like it when they want to play elsewhere. My point is that players should do whatever it is they see fit to expand their options, especially because management doesn’t give two sh*ts about them. You don’t have one solid argument as to why they should place the team’s interests above their own. You can’t compare any players’ situations because every player’s interests are their own. Who are you to decide whether their career/life decisions are valid enough to warrant wanting to leave?

  • Allenp

    Lol

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