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Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  21 responses

Dwight Howard Doesn’t Think He’ll Get Traded Soon


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Despite the latest rumors indicating otherwise, nothing has changed for Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. The end of that partnership is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when.

According to the superstar center, the Magic are unlikely to trade him prior to next month’s All-Star Game (which is in Orlando), and may hold out all season long in the hopes of convincing him to stick around long-term.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

Howard has not rescinded his trade request, but he [said] he thinks there’s a “100 percent” chance the Magic won’t trade him before the Feb. 26 All-Star Game at the team’s Amway Center. Team officials still hope to convince Howard to commit to staying with the franchise for the long term.

“I don’t think they are going to do anything right now because we’re winning,” Howard said after a 104-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings improved the Magic’s record to 6-3. “Even if this is the last season, let’s go out hard, regardless.” When asked if he expects Orlando to trade him by the NBA’s March 15 deadline, Howard said: “I don’t think so.”

GM Otis Smith and the rest of the Orlando Magic front-office would be almost insane to let Dwight Howard become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and risk losing their franchise player for nothing. They’re clearly not a title-contending team (and certainly aren’t building one), and Howard has given zero indication that he intends to stay.

Dwight may be right in that he won’t be traded in the coming weeks, but one has to reasonably assume that he’ll be wearing a different uniform well before next season.

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  • tom

    Since they´re not contenders (imo) it´s just plain stupid not to trade him! I´m pretty sure they get enough good offers for him to keep the franchise in the upper nba regions when he leaves. maybe a 3 team trade to get capspace as well…

  • 12ising Phoenix

    Everyday there is a new article on Dwight and his trade saga, just stfu and play, your gonna get traded inevitably…most likely to the lakers for Mr. Bynum, so Dwight pleassseee STFU.

  • AD

    ^^its not liek he’s sayinth these things at press conferences, their asking the question and he’s being honest.

  • Ends

    12ising is an idiot. if we keep winning unlikely

  • Showfan12

    Not if the magic can get deron williams, that’ll keep dwight from going anywhere

  • DeeDre

    He must really really be unhappy. He knows he’s gonna get traded in the near future so i don’t understand why it’s being brought up all the time. Maybe he’s trying to speed up the process with verbal “grease payments” but i think he needs to just play and let it take care of itself. Also its sad that he’s pretty much canning their chances of winning a championship, despite their start. Sucks to be a Magic and Magic fan right now

  • AQWORD

    LOL at everybody on this articles tip

  • 12ising Phoenix

    @Ends , I’m an idiot? Sorry to burst your bubble “magic Fan” , your team isnt gonna make it passed possibly the first round . Think realistically now, Orlando isn’t gettin D Will & alt,MIA, chi,bos have a wayyyy better chance at getting a ring than your team bro, ask your self why did Dwight request a trade in the first place, cuz hes tired of losing and wants a damn ring. Sadly, he will be traded & I’m just irritated that he’s playing with you magic fans hearts , “o I want to be traded” , “nevermind I think I might stay” …I could care less where he went.. you mad bro?

  • 12ising Phoenix

    Sorry for the “you mad bro” lol , it wasn’t necessary.

  • nbk

    Dwight to the bobcats for bj mullens and diaw. Fair.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    LOLOLOL @ 12ising

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    12ising is showing concern for follow commenters, i like

  • Justin G.

    cosign AD. It’s amazing how SO MANY people on this site think players are just saying things to the media and not realizing that they’re being asked the same question in every city they go to. It’s ALWAYS like that and their next comment always becomes a story again. Is it really that hard to figure out?

  • shutup

    Ok so if your asked the same question over and over again, how bout just shutting your mouth, or “no comment” I hope Dwight breaks an ankle so I dont have to read about him and his wack a$$ post game

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    shutup – you are an absolute retard. If all spots players started saying ‘no comment’ to questions they’d get fined by the league. And wishing hate on someone like that shows how much a bitter jealous bum you really are.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yo, shutup. Rubio wants me to ask how his a$$ tastes homie.

  • anonymous

    dwight to NJ doesnt seem probable b/c I don`t think orlando wants lopez and his 5.9 rpg. dwight to the lakers doesnt seem probable b/c I heard that orlando wants both gasol & bynum and right now I don`t think the lakers would even swap bynum for dwight. bynum seems to have the better upside especially on offensive.

  • anonymous

    if I was orlando I would blow up the team. trade nelson, hedo, and j. rich & maybe r. anderson. Get dwill, ariza, and varejao in return. Dwight needs to play with a real PF. dwill would probably do just abt anything to get out of nj and orlando needs someone like ariza to defend lebron & melo. shawne williams would be a good backup SF and maybe get okur to stretch the floor. pickup AI & joel pryzbilla in free agency. and switch the focus to defense b/c the offense will itself with this roster.

  • anonymous

    “will ‘find’ itself”

  • http://www.aol.com wagers

    If I was an NBA player I’d want to go to NJ..new stadium and team, get to be a part of something historical as the first “Brooklyn ____’s” team. Plus the Knicks/Brooklyn rivalry would be awesome. I’d think they get a few free agents this year. If Dwight goes to NJ, d-will would no doubt stay. Trade everyone but him and Marshon Brooks, get Dwight and you’ll have a good team.

  • shutup

    @lakeshow what has rubio done thats so spectacular? homie? 7 apg 3 to? if thats greatness to you so be it

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