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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

“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. charlutes - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I’m a broadcast editor in the sports industry, and I work with a few people that worked with Stephen A. Smith. They say he’s a liar, or rather that he makes up stories.

    One of the story’s they told me about him, long before I read this blog, was when he lied about a similar situaton with Vince Carter and the Raptors.

    Smith told everyone he knew for sure that Carter was gone the first chance he got…and then Carter
    re-uped for 7 years.

    Recently I watch Stephen A. Smith act like a child throwing a temper tantrum in an argument with Jalen Rose, who to he credit sat patiently while Smith made a very loud fool of himself, and then calmly delivered his points like a pro. Jalen is awesome.

    Anyways, I bring this up because Smith’s point on that show, which he made suspiciously angrily, like when someone covers up a lie, you know how they argue 10 times more ademantly than they need to? His whole point in the argument that he defends so forcefully is that reporters such as himself have numerous, credible sources from within each NBA team, who would prefer to remain anonymous. So you while he can’t tell you the source of information, we must never question the validity of a story by someone who claims to be an insider.

    He makes this point angrily, I assume to deflect from the obvious reality that Stephen A. Smith makes up stories, lies, and has no journalistic integrity or value outside of being the loudest guy in the room making the least sense.

    He also uses poor grammar and generally sounds like a Neanderthal. Anyone know this guy and dissagree?

    My guess is Stephen A. Smith has no better idea of where Howard will end up than you or I do.

  2. brenenostler - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Called this one

    • gmsingh - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      My vote is for a trade to the Bobcats.

  3. jumbossportsblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • boilerup1869 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM


      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        Who’s the bigger idiot? jumpbossportsblog or Dwight?

        At this point I’d give the edge to Dwight

      • slowclyde86 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        Jumbo is the bigger idiot.

      • jumbossportsblog - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Why is there a reblog option?

      • boilerup1869 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        Definitely so people like you can reblog every article you find on the various NBCSports websites.

        I looked at your website – there is not a single original article on the front page (didn’t bother to check any other pages, assuming they were all as repetitive as the first).

        At least editorialize or make an attempt to create some original content. Otherwise it looks like you’re doing nothing more than plagiarizing.


  4. david8726 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    This guy is making LeBron look like a public relations master.

    • gametight78 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      But yet the media attention is not the same

  5. Corner Office or Bust - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Just another really disgusting chapter in Dwight’s horrible imitation of LeBron’s 2010 season and offseason. Isn’t it amazing how much damage these guys do in trying to “improve their brand”? It’s like they don’t understand that people WANT them to be great, and it doesn’t really have anything to do with their situation, but it’s how they play. We wrote more here ( ), but overall just a really gross situation

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