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Report: Dwight Howard still “desperately” wants trade

May 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

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As the Orlando Magic look for a new coach and general manager, they need to be thinking guys who can rebuild a team and do it without Dwight Howard. Because it felt like he was going to be gone anyway.

And now comes this from Chris Sheridan of — Howard may have won the power struggle but he still wants out.

Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, the events of today notwithstanding, a source close to Howard tells…

But in fact, the source said, Howard wants out of Orlando more than he ever did before in order to start a new chapter of his career. And it is well-known throughout the league that the Magic do not want to endure another soap opera season like the one they just experienced.

The way Howard has changed his mind in the past I wouldn’t say anything is impossible, but after he has blown up his reputation in Orlando a new start in a new city must feel like the preferred option for him.

Orlando is going to shop him for the best offer, although Howard still has leverage because he can say he will not re-sign in a city (teams will be hesitant if they can’t be sure of keeping him). Howard still wants to be in New Jersey… or maybe Dallas. Basically wherever Deron Williams lands. The Lakers and Clippers are on the fringe of options. But the Magic will be looking for the best deal to help them rebuild, and that means a game of “who wants Hedo Turkoglu’s contract?”

Which brings us to the Magic’s coach and GM hire — get guys who can rebuild. Get a young coach who can grow with a team (think Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City). Maybe that’s Brian Shaw or Michael Malone or Chuck Person — the three people Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated mentioned — but go with the long-term plan.

The Magic aren’t going to make a move yet, they will let the new GM and coach try to sway Howard. But if the Magic don’t think he’s coming back they will move Howard before the season starts. Which is what Howard wants. What both sides need.

  1. loungefly74 - May 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Big picture: This could make for a very interesting offseason. D-12 would be a major cog to any team he goes too (but what do you give up?). a team could shake up the roster big time and become an instant contender if they added him…

    as for D-12, personally, man…just stop it. look around dude, Orlando must love you to put up with the drama. just take your throne in Orlando and stay there. the magic have shown (and proven) they are trying to build a winner out there.

    • sackofrice - May 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      hopefully they get a good gm this time…no more crazy contracts.

  2. morgan420 - May 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    they just fired the best coach in magic history and you still want a trade? howard this what id say to you at this point. F*** YOU. your the biggest cry baby ive ever seen your like a little kid not getting a new toy so you throw yourself on the ground “court in your case” and cry when little howie doesent get your way. grow up you over sized cry baby.
    on another note, if i were the magic id probably just trade his ass due to his injuries and surgery and id put a nice size price on him and rebuild from there… WWSD WHAT WOULD SHAQ DO?

  3. ezmagic - May 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The magic are still paying Gilbert arenas 40+ million this year too. All cause of Otis. If I were rich de vos(magic owner) I’d take some $ from Otis last yr on contract to pay arenas.

    • kinggw - May 23, 2012 at 1:51 AM

      And if they werent paying Gilbert they would still be paying Lewis. Why do all Magic fans somehow forget Rashard Lewis and his albatross of a contract. Why do they also forget that Howard asked for Arenas? And why did no one have a problem with Otis Smith in 09 and 10 when the Magic went to the Finals and Eastern Conference Finals in consecutive years? Smith helped turn the Magic from an also ran into a contender. I hate that he is being scapegoated for the Magic’s failures. Its not Smith’s fault that Nelson regressed tremendously after being injured.

  4. ezmagic - May 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Phil Jackson as GM and shaw as coach would work. Phil Would be able to sit in his comfy office king chair and not have to be court side. Who wouldn’t want to play for Phil, shaw, D12, tax free state, warm winters, which means women half naked in the winter time, minutes away from any beach in FL. Why do you think most former magic players and coaches still live in Orlando area?

  5. franchiseplaya - May 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    From a purely fantasy/punitive standpoint I would love it if they just sat Howard for all of next season. Just put him at the end of the bench and let him watch. If I was a crazy owner who could afford it I’d eat that final yr of his contract kinda like how cuban shut down Odom. I’d tell him “If you’re gonna continue to try to screw our team then I’m gonna screw you out of one year of your career. No games/scrimmages/practice with NBA players, no trainers at the teams expense etc.” if he didn’t show up then fine him so you’re not paying him his full contract. of course i know this is ridiculous and would only end up hurting the team and the fans but it would be nice to see a stand like that being made.

  6. dusty does ... - May 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    it’s not going to happen but if the sixers could land Howard and at the same time keep Turner, Holiday, Iggy and Young that’d be a squad. Sixers D is already one of the best in the league and adding Howard would make them crush. Again, it’s not going to happen but I hope those new owners at least try

  7. brtdud7 - May 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Send his ass to the Bobcats

  8. brtdud7 - May 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Noah, Deng, Gibson for Howard.

    • gmsingh - May 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Yeah, and then Howard can try and get Thibs kicked off the Bulls. How about sending Howard to the European league where he belongs?

  9. furio2929 - May 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Spurs,Dwight Howard is coming Dwight Howard is coming. I wish!!!!!!

  10. clady49 - May 23, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    How about this jerkwad.Now that he has gotten rid of the best coach they ever had and ruined our team,he is ready to go now!! I don’t know why this town ever had any respect for the idiot.

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