Dwight Howard Not Backing Off Trade Demand

by December 16, 2011

There’s been talk in recent days about Dwight Howard being taken off the trade market by the Orlando Magic, but that’s apparently news to Dwight. Because he still wants out. From the Orlando Sentinel: “He is sticking by his request to be traded from the Orlando Magic. ‘It still stands,’ Howard said. Asked whether he fluctuates day to day, he answered, ‘There is no back-and-forth.’ Howard’s statements, responses to specific questions from the media after practice, came one day after Magic General Manager Otis Smith, in consultation with Magic CEO Alex Martins, turned down a blockbuster trade. That deal would have sent Howard to the New Jersey Nets and brought, among others, center Brook Lopez from the Nets and swingman Gerald Wallace from the Portland Trail Blazers to Central Florida. Magic officials say they hope they can change Howard’s mind before the March 15 trade deadline. But what remains unclear is whether the Magic front office actually believes there is a reasonable chance of a Howard change of heart.”