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Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 1:25 pm  |  37 responses

Report: Orlando Magic Nearly Traded Dwight Howard to Lakers if He Didn’t Re-Sign


Prior the most recent bit of drama in Orlando, you may recall the fiasco of the Magic trying to get their superstar center to stay in town. According to the NY Post, the Magic were prepared to ship Dwight Howard to the LA Lakers had not opted-in for one more season: “According to league sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Orlando brass got fed up with Howard’s yes-no-maybe posturing and threatened to trade him to the Lakers, not his desired location, if he did not sign an agreement to waive the opt-out clause for the final season of his contract. Howard eventually signed the papers, but only after he was told ‘he would be a Laker by the end of the day,’ according to one source. While both sides proclaimed loyalty as a factor in Howard’s decision to stay in Orlando, the contentious nature of the process gives the Nets ample hope they still may open in Brooklyn next season with Howard on their side. ‘[The Magic] do not want to go through it all again,’ said one source who claimed Orlando wants a commitment from Howard on an extension before training camp to avoid his bolting as a free agent in 2013. ‘[The Magic] are determined to avoid another year of that.’ By opting in for the final year at $18,091,770, Howard is bound to Orlando only through next season. [...] Orlando played its trump card. Sources for months maintained Howard wanted no part of the Lakers, that he did not want to follow the legacy of Shaquille O’Neal. Orlando leaders had one other reason for the threat: They favored the Lakers’ package of Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks and Steve Blake over the Nets’ offer.”

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  • logues

    this is almost as worse than having to hear about tim tebow on sc every day

  • Detroit Dave

    *sigh* tired hearin bout dez ni99as- woulda, coulda, shoulda jus STFU aweready…shyt!

  • abaci

    This whole situation is a joke

  • NYCballr

    As a Laker fan I’m glad it didn’t happen too, it turns out Andrew is better than DH!

  • Drig

    So, Dwightmare hits LAL……Seriously, what’s with soap operas and LAL recently?!?! We’ve got enough drama here as it is lol.

  • jayrose

    So I wonder which trade drama was worst..Melo’s or Dwight’s??? …… I say Dwight’s is more annoying…anybody else agree??

  • luis

    Laker nation is way better off without him dont need his crybaby self or coah killing skills he doesnt even have post up moves if he ever gets microfracture injury and takes away his atheltic skill he aint got sh**t

  • dma

    for someone who doesn’t have post up moves, dwight howard sure has a lot of post up moves.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    this would’ve been the right move but whatever.

  • bike

    In hindsight, a colossal f)ck up.

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

    jayrose i agree, this dude is destoying his image worse than lebron did. won’t stay past ’13 anyways i think, they should just trade his a$$ just because….to some team in siberia

  • luis

    Post up moves haha no footwork skill wat so ever cant even get double digits on a new york team that plays no d

  • tk

    Between SVG being honest abe and Dwight being denial david, I wonder what Otis Smith would be if asked about this…

  • tomtom

    As a lakers fan, thank god he resigned.

  • http://Juanm.garcia@comcast.net KingsWithRings

    In the he doesn’t want any rings. Kobe would’ve guaranteed him one like the one he promised Artest and delivered.

  • ALD

    like lebron said, you cant compare nobody’s decision towards his. He left because he wanted too. Dwight is an idiot and so is the orlando organization.

  • -Mas-

    This is a clear example of how bad management on this team is:
    Nets thought Plan A — which at the end was Howard for Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Mehmet Okur and two first-round picks — would occur.
    They favored the Lakers’ package of Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks and Steve Blake over the Nets’ offer.

  • LA Huey

    That’s an interesting play by the Magic. Honestly, I can respect a player’s right to request (not demand) a trade, but it’s the organization’s right to make the best trade for themselves. It’s fine to request a trade but be professional about it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Orlando also didn’t realize Dwight would half-ass it for the rest of the season.

  • Detroit Dave

    Dwight (arround yo lips)

  • damn

    Damn they woulda traded D-12 for Bynum + Ebanks and Blake? Lakers would probly come outta the west in the playoffs this season after that trade

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Andrew Bynum is better anyway.

  • El_Black_Mamba

    As a laker fan I’m glad this deal didn’t go down!.. Bynum is more skilled offensively and he is 3 yrs younger than Dwight ..Bynum hasn’t even peaked yet this is his first full season (so far) he’s only gonna get better next year he is without a doubt gonna be the first option on offense over Kobe and his defense is gonna get better just hope he matures over the summer though …

  • ripslam

    If you’re not even going to tell us what the supposed trade was, then WHO THE HELL CARES?

  • http://KingAkai.com Alpha-bet

    I know the Magic organization wish they did NOW…

  • LA Huey

    The way Bynum’s been acting as a rising 2nd banana, are we sure Orlando would have wanted that trade.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/lebron-james-played-superb-defense-on-derrick-rose/70485 nbk

    And scene.

  • robb

    I like the team the way it is, thank you very much. I couldn’t care less about that clown.

  • http://t.qkme.me/3ok3ya.jpg Caboose

    Lots of delusional Lakers fans here. No, Bynum is not better than Dwight. No, under normal circumstances, no team would take the Lakers’ package. No, Bynum is under 2 years younger than Dwight. Yes, the Lakers should have done that deal. One thing y’all did get right: yes, the Magic should have too.

  • angus

    magic would’ve been ROBBED.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If my Lakers would have gotten this trade, we would have screwed Magic over. Howard is dumb, he could have eclipsed Shaq legacy in LA, after Kobe retired. Also, I would have bet mone, Kobe gets 1 or 2 rings with Howard. Also Bynum is overrated, and this is from the numner ONE Laker fan. Howard is way better than Bynum. Defense win games and timely shots. Howard is a Defensive Beast and his post moves have improved. BOOK IT!!

  • Ldub

    uhhh WHAT!!!??? Eclipsed Shaq? “The Seed”?? Really dude? Offensively, Bynum is head and shoulders better than DH (post moves, footwork, range, FT%). Defense definitely goes to DH. And I agree defense wins, however DH is a liabilty in late game situations because his FT% is so crappy. Post moves improved or not, hes not on Bynums level in that department. Back to Shaq….youre talking about one of the games most dominant centers to ever step foot on the court. In all areas except the free throws. Dwight doesnt have the power, nor the intelligence that Shaq had. Dwight “might” get passed Shaw in blocks, but he wont beat him in points or RINGS (which is what really matters). Eclipse SHAQ….LOL this guy!

  • Ldub

    Shaq not Shaw* (LOL Brian Shaw)

  • VC

    After LA would shaq – I mean dwight howard- have left to Miami? Then phoenix and boston? Just saying … they wanted him to be like the next shaq right?

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    VC he would have to fight Kobe and play with a superstar for every team.

  • Joe Black

    Funny how “anonymous sources” always contradict what players actually say. Dwight Howard, his agent and the Orlando GM did say publicly that he would accept a trade to the Lakers. The only place you have heard that Howard did not want to play w/ the Lakers was from unnamed sources, most of them claimed by homers. You didn’t hear Dwight or Orlando brass say that.

    These people even used Dwight’s mother to pressure him into staying. He was honest (unlike Lebron) and told Orlando to trade him for compensation. They refused to do that, and did not do it.

    Orlando wanted Bynum over Lopez, the true reason they would have traded him to the Lakers. After the opt out, Orlando management and Van Gundy threw Howard under the bus publicly. Come trade deadline next year, Orlando will have to trade him.

  • Joe Black

    Funny how “anonymous sources” always contradict what players actually say. Dwight Howard, his agent and the Orlando GM did say publicly that he would accept a trade to the Lakers. The only place you have heard that Howard did not want to play w/ the Lakers was from unnamed sources, most of them claimed by homers. You didn’t hear Dwight or Orlando brass say that.

    These people even used Dwight’s mother to pressure him into staying. He was honest (unlike Lebron) and told Orlando to trade him for compensation. They refused to do that, and did not do it.

    Orlando wanted Bynum over Lopez, the true reason they would have traded him to the Lakers. After the opt out, Orlando management and Van Gundy threw Howard under the bus publicly. Come trade deadline next year, Orlando will have to trade him.

    The only things Shaq dominates Howard in is lazy play, being fat and out of shape, bouncing his boobies jogging up and down the court, locker room cancer, childish whining, immature jealousy and backstabbing teammates.

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