Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 9:45 am  |  29 responses

Orlando Magic CEO: No Dwight Howard Trade to Lakers

The Orlando Magic front-office was in the business of shooting down rumors about Dwight Howard trade possibilities during All-Star Weekend: “The scuttlebutt is that the Magic would send Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers and the Magic would receive Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. A third team, the Toronto Raptors, could be part of the deal or in a separate trade with the Magic, sending point guard José Calderon to Orlando. Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Sentinel the rumor is wrong. The Magic have said all along that they will speak to Howard at some point before or on March 1 to see what he plans to do when he can become a free agent this summer. The Magic then would assess their situation from there. Team officials want to retain Howard long-term, but they have not ruled out a trade if they deem it necessary.”

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  • Jay

    Title is misleading, its still an option for them.

  • http://dimemag.com Royal

    Either trade him or lose him for nothing….It’s that simple

  • Bt

    If I were Orlando I’d want expiring/cheap contracts and picks in exchange for dwight and the terrible contracts of jameer and hedo. Rebuild and start again

  • misso

    ima magic fan & i would be fine with this trade if he definitely is leaving but of course we rather keep him. the magic are pursuing steve nash hard right now

  • D

    I think he’s made it pretty clear he’s leaving

  • trade for kobe

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    D Howard is mearley trying to pull a Kobe in forcing mgnt to bring in some talent that will get him back to the Finals. He’s never had a real interest in leaving Orlando. He loves the city and it’s fans. He learned from Kobe that sometimes you gotta put the ownership and GM on the hot seat or nothing gets done.

  • misso

    @POW exactly. thank you

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dwight Howard is getting traded. It would be beyond stupid to lose him for nothing. And he’s leaving. The Magic haven’t made good personnel decisions in 3 years.

  • bnets

    Dwight HOward is Brookly Bound

  • bnets

    Also Dwight has informed the lakers that he won’t sign a contract extension with them

  • robb

    Lakers don’t need that clown.

  • Sam


    He never said that. We would have heard about it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I don’t think he is leaving. Momma says stay. You stay.

  • Mooney10

    Trade him, his mind will not change, good deal for all parties, i would hate him in L.A. though, Bryant getting rings off big man’s back again!! In the words of Sir Charles “That thr is TRBL”

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    they have to trade him lmaoooo why won’t they??

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think they will. They were just benefiting from having their own All Star.

  • Erik

    ORL needs to trade D12 or be left with nothing. Trading D12 also gives them the opportunity to get rid of a bad contract like Hedo’s. If D12 plays out the rest of the year, the Magic will not have enough open cap space to buy players anywhere comparable to the value Howard. Now that we’re talking about trades, the Lakers would have the best pieces for the interest of Magic, and Dwight.

    New Jersey: who will Magic gain from the Nets? I would rather take an injury prone Bynum, than an injury prone and RECENTLY injured Lopez. D-Will and D-Howard, in a crappy Nets roster will not win them championships

    Dallas: there’s been talk about DH going to the Mavs, but for who? Dirk is their best player and franchise player – he’s not going anywhere. Mark Cuban gave up Tyson Chandler, who could have been a great trading piece. Haywood is garbage. Who’s left?

    Phoenix: go for it! ORL traded with them before, and look what happened.

    If Dwight wants to win a championship, he needs to traded to a team that is already decent, and doesn’t have to gut their interior in order to acquire him. Plus, he wants to go to a large market team, where other opportunities are available (ie better endorsements). I think LAL is the way to go. Make it happen, Mitch!

  • Lakersrule45

    I think it is a great idea for him to be in the Los Angeles Lakers.In my opinion I think he fits in with the lakers.Cause I am a lakers fan.:)

  • SMIK

    whats so hard? he clearly said he doesn’t want to be their and already alerted to the media of the teams he fancy’s going to. Get a trade done Orlando! its simple. the man doesnt want to be there plain and simple, get something or be left in the wind.

  • bnets

    Dwight Howard demands to be traded to the Nets earlier in the season. He will go to Brooklyn if he becomes a free agent this summer

  • l2ising Phoenix

    I read a article. That the nets is his ideal choice because he wants to create a legacy being maybe thee first Brooklyn nets superstar. Ny is a big market, plus he will have D will, so all in all he is not looking to win rings right away. I’m not sure that the source is credible, but this makes a lot of sense.

  • Harvin

    I want him to be traded to Lakers or Mavericks.. Or if he want more championship then stay to Orlando and then when he become free agent go to Celtics with Rondo and Pierce. The new Big 3.. Rondo,Pierce and Howard :-)

  • KA#23

    Go to the lakers if you want “The Ring”

  • KA#23

    Sir Charles is a hater,just sit back n chill you don’t have any Rings this is Kobe’s era,peace..

  • nic

    Get Howard to la get Kobe two more titles

  • Kilo

    Trade Pau and Bynum? Don’t think so. Pick up Ray Felt/Ramon Sesions and Cool Beas.

  • bnets
  • Jessy

    To set it straight Howard won’t sign an extension with any team for the simple reason he will miss out on 30mill on his resigning. Honestly who else has something better to offer Orlando. Really Lopez a guy that just got back from a broken foot injury. I would rather take Bynum a guy that’s been healthy all season and can be considered the second best center in the league. Do you really think that after Howard make it to L.A. and they welcome him like Miami did Lebron and Bosh, and he starts having fans with his jersey’s walking around he whole won’t Dwight won’t give a verbal agreement that he will resign. Just how Chris Paul did with the clippers. The man is being smart and keeping in mind his assets. What I think that will be his deciding factor a deep Lakers playoff run. I think that they should start production on #12 Howard gold and purple jersey and send him a one way ticket to Los Angeles because Dwight Howard is going to Lakerland!!!