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Report: Dwight Howard will ask for trade this summer

Apr 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

I’ll say this up front — take this report with a whole handful of salt. This situation is more complex and fluid that just simple ultimatums.

But on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said he has heard Howard will ask out this summer (via IamaGM.com).

“The minute this season is over, according to what I am hearing from his camp, you can expect Dwight Howard to tell Orlando. ‘Get me out of here. I don’t want to be here any longer.’ You’ve got Stan Van Gundy annoyed with the organization. You’ve got Dwight Howard disgusted with the organization. The way he’s been treated, along with the way his teammates have been AWOL on him as far as he’s concerned. You’ve got a problem.”

First off, be sure that a denial is coming from Howard. Also remember this comes from someone in Howard’s camp — his camp has always been more eager to get him out of Orlando than Howard himself has seemed willing to go. Consider this another push from Howard’s camp trying push their agenda along.

While the Magic trading Howard and trying to move on from this debacle makes some sense, their actions have been to bend over backwards to try and appease and keep him. It’s hard to see that changing — he is their superstar. It seems more likely Van Gundy is let go and the Magic try hard again to make Howard happy so he’ll stay. They may eventually trade him, I just think they are not done trying to keep him yet.

But clearly somebody in the Howard camp wants to rattle some cages, so they are telling Smith things like this:

Not to mention the fact, there’s one other little Cliff Note that you might find interesting. When he had his back surgery, they were talking about giving him a flight on AirTran or something like that. This is the kind of stuff that I’ve been told in the last 24 hours in terms of how they’ve treated him. He feels as a superstar, he’s been treated as a scrub.”

Again, salt. Lots of salt.

One thing that has come out of all this — Howard has pretty much taken his image and run it through the mud. Another guy who did that after dumping his first agent to bring more family and friends into his inner circle.

  1. donfelder440 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I really do hope they stuffed this baby on a little express jet. That’s a hilarious image.

  2. cakemixa - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    *Jumps off a ledge*

  3. prosourcetalk - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Send him to China

  4. jolink653 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    dump this idiot already he’s the biggest whiner i’ve ever seen on a professional team and he completely destroys any chemistry in the locker room with stuff like this…with what the magic could get in return for him they would be a much better all around team and get rid of the headaches…he’ll never be a batman anyway he’ll always have to be the robin to some other superstar to get anywhere

  5. jeffw - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    He’s become a complete clown…

  6. lmoneyfresh - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    They need to trade him to an absolute garbage team. Let him know what its like to play for an organization that really doesn’t care.

  7. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I wish they could trade him now so we could be done with this. That’s easier said than done. I doubt they’ll get a whole lot but other teams will drive up the prices against each other.

  8. bhester1906 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Why would I put you on a First Class flight if you were already planning a scheme to get off my team. They shoulda sent him on the Greyhound or got him a reservation with Enterpise Rent-A-Car.

  9. gatorays - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Congrats D12..you just joined Lebron on the “cant do it themselves” baby choo choo. Personally if i am magic..i trade him to whoever gives the most back. some crappy team will take a flyer on him to boost attendence. Enjoy Going to Brooklyn …wait till you see 40% of your check gone due to taxes in NY.

    • kinggw - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Uh, what player in the NBA can do it by themselves?

      • donfelder440 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        The 2010-2011 Mavs were about on par with the Magic team that made it to the finals, I’d say. But Dwight just isn’t skilled enough to carry a solid team “by himself.”

  10. skids003 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    More drama than a bunch of junior high girls. Probably had his “posse” leak it out.

  11. lmvs2012 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Dwight is like a 12 year old kid!..so dumb! This fool!

  12. lakerluver - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    What a freakin joke!! Dude, should’ve done that all along. Now he waits until AFTER he signs up with the Magic for another year to demand a trade. Two words come to mind when discussing D12: NUT CASE!!!

  13. nagidac - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Full title should be:

    Report: Dwight Howard will ask for trade this summer (Unless Stan Van Gundy Fired First)

  14. chiadam - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Here we go again. I hope he’s traded to the New Jersey / Hoboken / Brooklyn Nets, signs a five-year extension, and proceeds to go 0 and 410 over the next five years. I was tired of this months ago.

  15. smiz17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    What is funny is that AirTran is the official team airline for the Orlando Magic…I know this…I live in Florida, outside Orlando…go to http://www.orlandomagic.com, scroll all the way down and what do you see “AirTran”.

    Not sure how using the Official team airline is a ‘disrespectful’ maneuver. So desperate to use that kind of reasoning by someone in the media.

    But then again, Stephen A. Smith is one of the biggest idiots on ESPN…so…

    • leearmon - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Say what you will about Stephen A. Smith the personality (Lord knows I can’t stomach much of him) but his sources are usually spot on. Remember he was the first person who said Miami was going to pull of the “Big 3″ days before anyone else reported anything close to it. He also broke the news that Melo told D’Antoni to start Lin etc. He is a clown, but a clown with really REALLY good sources.

      • smiz17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Well, that may be true…but to pull crap like ‘The Magic tried to disrespect DH12 by sending him on AirTran’ is just simply stupid. He may have good sources, he may be right about DH12 asking for a trade, but that little quip…that just unprofessional/uninformed

  16. buffalowned - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    dwight asking for a trade? no way! what a joke this guy is. if people hope lebron never wins a ring i don’t know what they wish upon dwight

  17. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Stephen: “Dwight, how do you feel after the surgery?”
    Dwight: “Good, man. Definitely a little sore.”
    Stephen: “Oh, you’re requesting a trade this summer!? That’s a big deal bra, I’ll be sure to get the word out ASAP.”

    • darealrandolph - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      i really think that how the convo went down

      • darealrandolph - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        Deron: “Yo Dwight how your back feeling.”
        Dwight: “Good brah no worries, doc said i should be good.”
        chris broussaud: “deron, dwight” what summer plans… will both you team in Brooklyn or Dallas.”
        Dwight: “Brooklyn”
        Deron: “Dallas” kkkkk Brooklyn but no more flip flopping Dwight”.
        Dwight: Don’t worry Jay Z promise us we can be in his next video so Brooklyn its is”
        Deron: “see u at Brooklyn.”
        Dwight: “Superman to Brooklyn and Deron running pg in NYC is gunna be crazy.”
        chris broussaud(on ABC Countdown):dwight and dwill are talking again about dwill resigning in jersey/brooklyn and dwight demanding a trade to the nets this summer.
        Stephen. A. Smith:”I’ll be sure to get the word out ASAP.”
        Dwight to Stephen A Smith: “Good looking brah and tell skip bayless stop talking about basketball he doesn’t know what he talking about.”
        Stephen.A.Smith: “HAHAHAHA alright brah”.

  18. ezmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Stephen a smith has always been wrong about Dwight Howard. He was the one that said the magic were crazy to draft howard and they should of drafted Omeka okefur(who) instead of Dwight. Hey Kurt stop writing about rumors and speculations.

  19. ezmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    It’s also funny how readers believe every rumor they read about and talk shi@t about someone being a cry baby when it’s just a rumor. Lol too funny….I’m sure rich de vos is flying dwight around in a pvt jet. That man craps hundred dollar bills…

  20. deadeyedesign23 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Well he asked for a trade in the Spring, Winter, and Fall so I’m not sure why we thought this would be any different.

  21. darealrandolph - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Actually chris broussaud reported over the weekend that dwight and dwill are talking again about dwill resigning in jersey and dwight demanding a trade to the nets this summer

    • boilerup1869 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      puke

  22. darealrandolph - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    dwight howard going to be a net…………just watch!!!

    • raidmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Unless the Magic fall asleep and he is a free agent this summer or they substantially up thier offer he won’t be going there.

      • darealrandolph - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Chris Broussaud and Stephen. A. Smith both reported d12 will ask a trade in the offseason.
        Chris Broussaud:over the weekend that dwight and dwill are talking again about dwill resigning in jersey and dwight demanding a trade to the nets this summer.
        Stephen .A.Smith:“The minute this season is over, according to what I am hearing from his camp, you can expect Dwight Howard to tell Orlando. ‘Get me out of here. I don’t want to be here any longer.’ You’ve got Stan Van Gundy annoyed with the organization. You’ve got Dwight Howard disgusted with the organization. The way he’s been treated, along with the way his teammates have been AWOL on him as far as he’s concerned. You’ve got a problem.”

      • raidmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        That’s all well and good but he has no say in where he gets traded they will send him wherever for the best deal available and right now the Nets aren’t it. That’s my only point.
        To be honest as a Magic fan I’m ready to move on. Either you are in or you are out. I also don’t buy the complaints about how he is treated they have offered him the world and have treated him with kid gloves

  23. mungman69 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Let’s have a mock draft of teams that want Howard.

  24. leucas66 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    If this report is so unreliable – why bother posting it? You should be providing editorial value by choosing what to post, otherwise you’re just an automated news aggregation service.

  25. tomtravis76 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Just trade him, nobody wants to read about this all off season and next season. Send him to Brooklyn and be done with it. Get everything you can and don’t put your fan base through this anymore. Or send him to Washington, he woud look good in the red ,white and blue… but just get this over with. He doesn’t want to be in Orlando anymore.

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