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Howard tells Orlando Magic to trade him, maybe to Nets

Dec 10, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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There is no doubt now.

Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed that Dwight Howard told the Magic to trade him, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel.

Smith said Howard has made the request twice in separate conversations since Monday.

Howard requested that trade be to the Nets, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That has been rumored before, as have Howard meeting with Nets brass, something both sides have denied.

Smith reiterated how he wants to keep Howard long-term with the Magic and have him sign an extension. However, Howard has the hammer — he can opt out this summer and leave as a free agent. The Magic need to trade him to get anything back and start the rebuilding process over again.

This does not mean a trade is imminent — the Magic are going to take their time to get the deal that works best for them. This could still drag out, maybe just for days or maybe all the way to the trade deadline.

If the Nets are going to do the trade with the Magic, they are going to have to get a third team involved. The Nets previous offer of Brook Lopez and two picks will not get the job done.

Howard’s agent Dan Fegan has reportedly been given three teams he can talk to about a trade — the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks.

Smith said that if he has to trade Howard, he is going to do it with the deal that makes the most sense for Orlando going forward, not just where Howard wants. Here is Smith’s quote to the Sentinel.

“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.”

  1. tampajoey - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I’m not even a fan of Orlando, but it’s too bad that some sort of “Franchise Tag” wasn’t worked into the new CBA like the NFL uses. The player gets paid his big dollar worth and the team can retain it’s superstar. Seems fair to me, but what the heck does the NBA know about fairness?

    • david8726 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      I hate to say it, but NBA fans don’t seem to like “fairness.” The ratings prove that much.

      The league has always been most popular when large markets are doing well with major super stars.

      – 1980s Lakers and Celtics
      – 1990s Bulls
      – 2000s Lakers, both in the early and later parts of last decade
      – Boston’s newest big three.
      – And now, most recently, the Knicks, Heat, and Bulls all getting major stars and good teams. Dallas too.

      Sadly, most people don’t care to watch the NBA if it’s the Timberwolves or Milwaukee Bucks doing well.

      • tampajoey - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        Well, then I guess Dan Gilbert was right in his email to Stern:

        “When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?”

        The NBA is getting too close to being another scripted WWE.

    • kinggw - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      If teams make it attractive for players, they wont leave no matter where the market is. Orlando’s biggest problem is that Jameer Nelson has been the second best player on their team and their attempts to upgrade have failed. Orlando had a good run and went to the Finals a few years ago when they werent expected to. No need to feel sorry for them or their fans.

      Success in the NBA is cyclical. Teams like Sacramento, New Jersey and Minnesota were perennial playoff teams not that long ago. If a front office mismanages the team they shouldnt be allowed to hold on to marquee players just because its not fair. Why should inept teams be rewarded? If teams draft well, spend wisely and make good decisions it wont matter where they call home. The Thunder have proven you dont have to spend lots of money in free agency to field a championship caliber team, conversely the Knicks have proven that spending big money doesnt guarantee success. Fairness is irrelevant, the key is to have people in the front office that know what they are doing.

    • 6thsense79 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      for the millionth time the NBA and NFL are two completely different sports with two completely different systems. First off the franchise tag is grade a bs. No system should be in place to prevent an individual from choosing his or her next place of employment after PLAYING OUT THEIR CONTRACT. That is the most anti capitalistic, big brother bs ever and the players union has only theirselves to blame for agreeing to it.

      Secondly…the only reason franchise tags are so effective in the NFL is because of the short careers of most players and the always present risk of injury for any NFL player.NBA players don’t share the same level of risk as NFL players. All an NBA player would have to do to effectively avoid a franchise tag is to sign a shorter deal….which is essentially what Lebron James and D Wade did a few years back..instead of signing for the max number of 7 years they decided to sign for I believe 4 or 5 years.

      If you want the NBA to be like the NFL why don’t you start with the NFL’s system of revenue sharing?

  2. spytdi - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    …to the Mavs for Marion, Kidd, and picks

    • thatboi901 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM


    • tampajoey - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      Right, because Orlando can really start rebuilding a team around 33 year old Marion and 100 year old Jason Kidd.

      • florida727 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        Kidd’s only 100? Seriously?

    • cside2605 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      thanks for nothing!

  3. footballgod87 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Orlando can try and trade him wherever they want , but just like Chauncey Billups agent said:Buyer Beware

  4. jc49ers52 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    I am glad that guy is not a GM that’s horrible Jason kid and Marion LMAO

  5. foodstamp69 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    the nba is a joke

  6. Rish77 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    I’ve always been a big fan of Dwight, and I respect him even more now for not aggressively trying to go to the Lakers. He seems like the type of guy who would like to keep a competitive balance throughout the league. Going to the Nets is a good way of doing that rather then creating the L.A. Justice League.

  7. mcjon22 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Chicago has the most pieces to make a quality trade with Orlando, but I don’t know if the Bulls or Howard are interested. Orlando could get Noah and either Deng or Boozer and picks. Chicago then would probably be willing to take Turks bad contract and amnesty him away. Could trade expiring contracts like Bogans if he re-ups, Korver and Cj Watson or young guys like Gibson and Asik. It makes all the sense in the world, which is why it probably won’t happen.

    • 973yenots - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      I understand bull fans, you guys are desperately seeking help. Don’t matter!! Miami will smash everything in the east

  8. steelerfanforlife - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Come on man! Doesn’t anyone see an issue with a superstar player telling his team where he wants to be traded to?

  9. chadinkc30 - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Boozer and Noah aren’t attractive whatsoever for Howard! Best deal I’ve heard is Bynum, not even close

  10. dirtybird2020 - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Your right on that trade from bulls they would take noah deng and gibson or brewer, asik maybe, but they dont seem interested, that would be a killer team but all they need is a legit 2 spot, its good to be deep in the bench

  11. djanarchy757 - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    the nba has too many teams, too many games, not enough fans…they need to adapt

  12. 973yenots - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Who in the hell the NBA fooling? He will end up in LA with Chris Paul! They are trying to make this whole process look innocent. So forget about the trade rumors between the magic and nets. The bigger market is LA with Kobe. So why not take the offer from the nets? It’s a better deal than LA and he claims he prefers the nets so what’s the problem? So owners if you think you was upset about the Chris Paul soon to be trade , JUST WAIT!!!

  13. poorlittlepinkus - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    poor pitiful orlando

  14. spytdi - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Should I have added in my joke surrounding the “Kidd, Marion, and picks” trade offer? It will be something off the wall, although picks will usually rebuld a team…just depends on which ones.

  15. chadinkc30 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Brook Lopez and some pics are not enough and its not even close! New Jersey better come up with something better than that or I’m sorry people but he’ll be a Laker

  16. jagwar73 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Give me the trade with Chi over NJ or LAL. Bynum is overrated and who knows what the Nets picks are going to end up being. Most likely late first rounders.

  17. cside2605 - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Look at the crazy trade of when Garnett went to Boston??? what did that due for Minnesota? Denver got a lot of good talent for Anthony, but they will go nowhere. In this league it is how many superstars you have.
    2011 – 2012 is the year of the Orlando Magic! Otis and other top dogs …. make sure you pass this on to Dwight Howard ——> that he better understand that he is being traded nowhere! If he is the superman that he has told us he is, than he better win us a championship! Then after our victory, if wants to be a hated superman , like the S**thead shaq always will be in our minds, and leave us …. then I rather have that on his conscience …. then have less than a superstar in return of some trade.
    If L.A. wants the best basketball player,…. then they better come offering us Kobe!
    DO NOT try and bully this small market city ever again.

  18. MadDog Rickles - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. Does everyone have to play for the Lakers?

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