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Magic officials “disgusted” by Howard as they talk to Lakers, Knicks

Mar 14, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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The Orlando Magic ownership — and that is who ultimately makes this call — is still deciding what to do.

Dwight Howard wants the Orlando Magic to “roll the dice” on him and keep him through the end of the season. It’s all about winning, he said. Don’t think this is about keeping his options open and making sure if he does leave via free agency this summer the franchise where he lands will not have gutted itself of good players to get him. Nope, not about that at all. It’s all about the winning.

Magic officials are still looking at their options — and talking trade — but Howard’s rant frustrated them, reports Ken Berger at

After Howard and Magic executives had promised each other to keep their conversations private, some team executives were privately disgusted with his public comments Tuesday night.

As Tom Ziller notes at SBN, those same “disgusted” officials would pretty much do anything — disgusting or otherwise — to get him to stay.

The Magic are still fielding offers for Howard in the event owner Rich DeVos decides he wants to trade Howard. That includes even talking to the Knicks, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Which has to be exactly the kind of focused, professional franchise Howard always dreamed of playing for.

Sources say the Lakers and even the Knicks are among the teams who have engaged with the Magic in recent days. Howard has told close friends that he doesn’t want to play for the Lakers, but deals have been discussed between the two teams with the shared hope that he would change his stance.

While Golden State’s trade for Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut on Tuesday night took them out of the running for Howard in what would have been a “rental” situation, Houston remains willing to trade for Howard without any assurances that he will re-sign.

All the trade offers and whatever Howard himself says at this point is pure window dressings. The only thing that matters now is the call DeVos makes — he will make the decision on trading or keeping Howard. The ball is in his court.

  1. velascochad - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    wtf, he wants to leave orlando but wants to finish the season in orlando? thats stupidity at its climax! basically he wants to tell orlando that “hey, i will salvage this franchise by leaving at the end of the season”

    whatever you do howard, you will no longer look good in the eyes of many.

    thats why there is no H (howard) in winning because you keep on whining.

    • narlo00 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      He wants to finish the season in Orlando so the team he wants to go to, like new jersey, doesn’t gut it’s entire team for him. He will still leave Orlando no matter what.

      • florida727 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Perfect synopsis “narlo”. So he goes through the motions for the rest of this season. Then whoever he goes to as a free agent has a loaded team and he competes for championships Day One. Short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain. The money actually is immaterial; the top-tier guys all have more than their kids’ kids’ kids can spend. Plus, the extra $29 million Orlando could give him, he’ll more than make up in endorsement money if he’s got jewelry to back him up. Seems he’s perfectly willing to screw Orlando in the process. They’ll get nothing if they don’t trade him.

  2. bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    People are finally starting to see Howard for who he is… an inauthentic child. It’s not about winning…it’s not about loyalty… it’s not about anything but what will feed his ego to the fullest. The Magic and Knicks need to get together and try to work out a deal (maybe with Houston Kevin Martin and Scola would work in that D’ Antoni’s system) so that neither team gets screwed. Send Carmelo and Howard someplace they don’t want to be… at least for a few months in Howards case.

  3. gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Dwight Howard is basically trying to screw the Magic. Take the power out of his hands by trading him to the highest bidder-rental or not. Some teams (like Hoiston) would be willing to rent his services with hopes that they can convince him to stay. Sell high and get whatever you can instead of letting him play it out to through the media. He wants to be liked so much but can’t see that he’s ruining his reputation with this crap that he’s pulling. Carmelo at least had the courtesy to alert the Nuggets that he had no intentions of staying and kept quiet to the media. All Howard has done is throw his teammates, coaches, and front office under the bus all season long. End it. Now.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM


  4. franchiseplaya - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Can someone pls forward me Howards address so I can send him my Orlando and Olympic jerseys for a refund. I would be embarressed to wear them now. I wish I had the forsight to see what kind of person he would become. I would be embarrassed to wear them now, his jerseys are less than toilet paper to me.

    • franchiseplaya - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      whoops. I should proofread before I post. Did I mention I would be embarrassed to wear his jersey! lol

  5. teke184 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    At this point, the Magic may as well find a sucker who will take Howard and Turkoglu with no guarantee of a new deal.

    As long as they don’t take back a deal as toxic as Turkoglu’s in the balance, they come out ahead in the rebuilding process.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      As we saw when they got Turkoglu back, and when they got Gilbert Arenas, and when they signed Rashard Lewis, Otis Smith just can’t help himself when it comes to taking on bad contracts.

  6. dragyn44 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    He said it to try to save his image in Orlando. If Orlando trades them now it looks like the management is the bad guys since he wanted to stay. If i were the Magic i would tell him sign an extension and we we will keep you til the end of the year. If trade him.. but not to any of the teams on his list. Enough is enough

  7. juanandonly24 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    So if Howard leaves the team that traded for him as a rental, will he overtake LeBron as the most hated player in the league?

    • stoutfiles - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      No one will ever be more hated than LeBron. Orlando is not even close to as desperate for a championship as Cleveland, and Howard is not anywhere close to as loved as LeBron was by Cleveland.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      After all of the BS he’s put everyone through, I think he reached that plateau a few months ago.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Make a freaking free throw first. Then we’ll talk.

  9. mgwillxq - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    DHoward is jokin right? lmao basically he wants to play in the playoffs with the magic only because the nets are not going to the playoffs but once the season is over hes gone…….that is the most selfish thing i ever seen a player do smh

  10. noahbird - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I don’t believe anything you guys publish on rumors and I believe espn even less. Too many people think they are journalist because they have spell check, twitter, and google’s adsense.

  11. pl4tinum514 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    This kind of sh-t just makes the average NBA fan sick to their stomach. What ever happened to players playing the game and being loyal to a city? I blame the NBA for making it possible for a team to gut itself and still have all those veteran’s minimums and midlevel exceptions that let them sign as many dudes as they want to complement their salary cap’s worth of 3 players. It’s such a joke.

  12. drunkenjunk - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    hopefully orlando gets rid of this overgrown child. I really hope their ownership doesn’t buy this garbage.

  13. narlo00 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Well if I’m a team trading for Howard and he won’t give me a promise of an extension, I would tell Orlando to sit on a fat one if they asked me to take on Turk’s contract too..

  14. trbowman - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Just please don’t trade him to the Lakers, Orlando. Just don’t.

  15. cured76 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I don’t know much about Dwight Howard the person but I am trying to reconcile what I knew of him coming out of high school. He was a super Jesus freak, talking about changing the NBA logo from Jerry West to the Holy Cross. Always seemed like a nice kid. But this nonsense is worse than The Decision, IMO. The Decision was a bullet to the head but to come out every week and say you’d like to play for this team or that is the ultimate b*tch move and a huge slap in the face to Orlando fans, especially having it all happen during the season when your team is in the playoff race.

    Even this talk about not wanting to come to LA because he’d be following Shaq’s footsteps too much is laughable. Don’t want him, anyway. Drew has been killing it lately and he’s been through worse than Howard, being the subject of trade talks for better players for years now. Is he complaining? No.

    Fan and team loyalty is really hard to come by these days. No wonder the NBA isn’t doing as well as MLB or the NFL.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Well said. I cannot for the life of me rationalize why he wouldn’t sign an extension with the Lakers if given the opportunity. They are, along with Boston, one of the premier sports franchises in the whole world. I’m not even a laker fan and I think it’s foolish to pass up on a deal there. He wants to expand his brand and branch out into other ventures. Not many better places to do that than Los Angeles.

      • smiz17 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        He simply wants to be ‘the man’…and he simply won’t be that in L.A. and DH12 knows it.

        What I find ironic about that and those type of comments he makes is that he ALREADY IS THAT in Orlando.

  16. gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    If I’m the Lakers, I roll the dice by keeping Andrew Bynum and betting on him staying healthy. From what we’ve seen from a healthy Bynum this year, he can put up just as impressive numbers as Dwight Howard with fewer touches on offense. And he’s not an offensive liabilty during crunch time. You can’t hack him and expect to get away with it. He’ll knock down most of his freebies.

  17. ezmagic - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    If Dwight doesnt commit or resign with Orlando by tomorrow noon then he needs to be traded. A 3 or 4 team trade is needed for the magic to get something decent in return. The nets have no good players to offer. They all suck except D. Will. Good luck with that scrubby team Dwight. You have a much better chance of winning a championship in Orlando. It’s obviously not about winning or $. It’s about playing in a bigger market. If you don’t win in brokelyn, yes brokelyn. They will boo your A$$. I’ll be booing you too when you come back to play vs. the magic… Ignore this rant if you stay in Orlando lol. Orlando loves you Dwight. The magic drafted you when everyone was saying you shouldn’t be 1st pick cuz you’re too raw and only have potential. Where is omeka okefer now??? China? Haha jk

  18. orlowk - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Keep the coach, get rid of CA. If the Lin thing showed anyone anything, it’s that he was a “team player”. Sure, he made mistakes. But, they did far better than since CA has been back. They should try it for themselves. Put Lin in again and see that team fly. CA has not been a team player for anyone he’s worked with. Dump him out, bite the bullet, and get on with rebuilding a “team”. No one wins a championship without a team. Just ask Cleveland and they came dam close. If you can learn from that, they don’t deserve to win. Dump CA, he’s not going to do anything for anyone but himself. Coach or CA? Hum…can CA coach, good, cause you’ll need that since he can’t work with anyone anyway.

  19. mdpickles - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I’m no Boston fan, but wouldn’t a deal of Garnett, Bass (maybe Ray Ray) and some picks for Howard and Turk get a deal done? I’m tired of players in the league running player movement. I hope by this time next year, a homegrown team like the Sixers are atop the league and whatever team Howard is on stinks. Unless, or course, Howard changes heart and signs with Philly.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      It doesn’t work only because Howard will not sign an extension to play in Boston.

      Here’s the thing — Howard has played out his contract and this summer can choose to do what he wishes as a free agent. The Magic didn’t do enough to keep him, now they have to deal with the consequences.

  20. mddwballerforlife - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Look nO offense to everybody who commented on this whole Dwight Howard discussion but even though it seems as though he’s playing around in this whole situation look at it from his point of view yes he’s planning on leaving but its also kind of hard to just walk away from something or somewhere you been your whole life people got mad at lebron for wanting to leave but how can anyone say anything if you were never in there positions if lebron would have stated in Cleveland and never got a ring you would not look at him the same way there just making family decissions If you were in there shoes you would do whatever it takes to take care of your family and see them happy it’s not like they stop giving back or said anything like the fuckin team suck ass all there saying is they want to when and if your a true fan or a winner or hate losing you will be able to understand as easy as that shit may sound its not a easy choice these man spent there whole lives in these places there still young it’s time for them to explore for anybody who tries to say I’m on there dick I’m not I’m just keepin it real and that’s real shit peace

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Let me preface this by saying I’m not a grammar nazi. I hardly ever speak up on the internet about matters such as grammar, punctuation, etc. Usually, the people who do come across as huge d-bags, and those are not my intentions. However, your post would have been far more effective had it not all ran together. The “.” has a purpose.

  21. lakerluver - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Who in heck does this dude think he is?!! He doesn’t wanna play for the LAKERS?!! He doesn’t DESERVE to play for the LAKERS!! The LAKERS don’t need him anyway, we have a 7 ft 280 lb beast named ANDREW BYNUM!! And he’s not a prima donna like Howard is either!! I hope they ship his butt off to Jersey and leave the Nets gutted in the process. Let’s see him and D. Will win a title without any help.

  22. loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    as a cruel joke…Orlando should dump him in Sacramento.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Or the Bobcats

      • cured76 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Or the Wizards.

      • 24thesho - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        Or, Golden State. That’s’s the perfect area to make an evangelical-egomaniac lose his freakin’ mind.

    • badintent - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      The Raptors !! Bosh was so happy to leave town. So was Vince Carter. So was anyone that played there. Terrible front office and coaches. Fan support bandwagon, most are hockyfreaks. Howard will find out what winter is all about in Toronto and crawl on his knees back to Orlando.

  23. detroitcityryda - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    There is no loyalty in sports if he was playing bad or getting injured the office would trade him and you would all say oh well he sucked.when he wants to leave because he hasn’t win anything at that place then he’s not loyal to the city .he can do whatever he wants and feels is best for him same as the franchise does whats best for them ,as we seen with Peyton manning you are only good as your last throw .

  24. jagwar73 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Inauthentic child is a great description of Howard, but I just prefer the way diva sounds! Dwight “Diva” Howard

  25. mikey1977 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I don’t usually but….great player or not….Diva Howard is a real turd as a person..get this punk out of our city….

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