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Odd but true: Larry King says Howard rejected trade to Nets

Mar 22, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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Who does Larry King think he is, Adrian Wojnarowski?

King — yes, suspender wearing, retired talk show host Larry Kingtook to twitter Wednesday to weigh in on the Dwight Howard saga a week after the fact. But what he tweeted is interesting (via Orlando Pinstriped Post):

You read it here. Dwight Howard had agreed to be traded to the Nets, but had a last minute change of heart and stayed with the Magic.

Howard was all over the map the last 72 hours before the trade deadline, not wanting to leave Orlando but trying to keep his free agent options open through the summer. The Magic had come to their senses and were going to have none of it — Howard had to give up his option on next season and stay with the team or they were going to trade him. When push came to shove, Howard gave up his option and stayed with the team.

Somewhere in there, the Magic and Nets certainly talked deal in some detail. And it is possible the parameters of a deal were in place. Did it get so far as Howard okaying it then changing his mind? Larry King says yes, you can decide for yourself. These situations are very fluid and what is agreed to on one side is not seen as a deal on the other.

But maybe Wojnarowski and Chris Broussard should start going with the suspender look. Just sayin’.

  1. andyp03 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM


  2. ezmagic - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Go magic! Fire Otis!

  3. illegalblues - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    i’d party with dwight and larry

  4. doctorfootball - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    If true, I don’t blame Howard. Have you seen the Nets roster? Not counting Gerald Wallace, since he was traded to the Nets after they lost out on Howard. But the Nets cupboard is pretty bare. They have Williams, humphries, Lopez ( who’s always hurt), and not much else. And some of those guys would have been traded to the Magic for Dwight. The Nets would have had nothing left on the roster except for Howard and Williams. But in Orlando, they need to make a few trades if the Magic expect to be true contenders. They’re not there yet.

    • kinggw - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      You act like Orlando’s roster is something to write home about. I would take the Nets roster sans Williams over the Magic’s sans Howard.

      • doctorfootball - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        I’m sure you’re the only one who would.

      • raidmagic - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Really? Really? I say this from the perspective of a Magic fan but you are crazy!

    • juanandonly24 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      I have a feeling that if the Magic had a slasher that could create his own shot, they would be a lot better. Imagine how much that would open up the offense for such a predictable offense. We saw what they could accomplish with a pretty good one in Jameer Nelson, and I expect them to go after one in the offseason. They had their chance with Monta Ellis, but the trade pieces just didn’t fit.

  5. goforthanddie - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    No reason for Larry King to lie or attention-whore.

  6. slowclyde86 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    If only the Nets had more patience. Surely Howard would have approved the trade before long, then re-rejected, and, hopefully for the nets, reapproved.

  7. rajbais - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    No one wants to play for the Nets!!!!

    They NEVER had a championship cache and they NEVER will until further notice!!!!

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM


  8. mrheavychevy - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Ah who cares about Dwight can we talk about something that matters?

  9. Very Real News - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM


    Wow. This “article” exemplifies almost everything that’s wrong with “journalism” today. You (Helin) basically just wrote “Larry King tweeted ______ .” You didn’t add any new information, give any more insight, use any of your sports “knowledge” to inform the reader.

    That was the equivalent of what someone would say to me waiting in line too-long at the bank.
    “Hey, d’you hear what Larry King said?”
    “He said Dwight Howard nixed his own trade.”
    “Oh. So? What makes him an expert on sports?”
    “I don’t know. Just sayin’…”

    You just wrote an article comprised of small-talk. Disgraceful.

    Coincidentally, CNN (King’s employer) reports the same way. “Ten died in massive train wreck – let’s see what tweeters are saying!” No, how about you – a supposedly trained journalist / analyst – actually gathering some information – you know, your JOB, and saying something of import.

    MSNBC and CNN. Goodbye forever and good riddance to both.

    • adzs93 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      As a (young) Englishman whos spent quite a bit of time in the States with relatives, although by no means do I disagree with what you’ve just said, I’ve got to say I’d take the extremely simplistic but to the point and understandable reporting methods of the CNN’s and NBC’s of the world over the vitriolic crap that the Fox network delivers (sports related or otherwise) any day of the week…Atleast here they gave someone else’ word as a means to support the article rather than just making something up to fit and hailing it to be fact lool

      • Very Real News - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Know what? I’ll grant you that LOL. But I still long for the pre-Fox, pre-“Let’s see what the twitterers are saying” news days – and I’m only 35… But I long for the days of my father’s generation’s news coverage – Sure, you got less news (gatekeepers and all) – but what you DID get was well-researched and well-reported…

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