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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 SheridanHoops.com — 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 SheridanHoops.com…

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. limonadamas - May 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Wow.. what a surprise. Stay classy, Dwight.

    Just a sad situation, all around, for the Magic. Should’ve gotten rid of him at the last deadline. But hindsight’s 20/20, I guess.

    • zeedoubleyou - May 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      No one can stick up for the way Dwight has handled his business. It is indefensible.

      However, put yourself in his shoes for a minute. The Magic roster is littered with horrible contracts for overpaid and/or over-the-hill role players: Turkoglu, Nelson, Redick, Big Baby, Duhon, Jason and Q-Rich.

      Otis Smith ruined the franchise’s cap flexibility. Even if his words said he wanted to keep and build around his franchise player, his job performance is what drove D12 out of town.

  2. thomaskouns - May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    When superstars get traded they always seem to get their desired destination.

    Too bad the NBA doesn’t have an Anchorage Alaska franchise for poor Dwight.

    • obamablowz - May 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      This guy is a joke! I don’t know which one I dislike more Howard or Griffin!

  3. dirksimmons - May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Dwight…grow up and come to Chicago.

  4. nightrain42 - May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Well, the Lakers will take him. Bynum is a flat out bum

  5. lemfax - May 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Destination Alamo. Duncan will retire once he got his 5th & final championship.

  6. ctw3786 - May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Knicks…..trade Amare and Chandler like the Magic wanted to before and get Howard. Clear cap space and build your team around 2 players, not 3

    • jolink653 - May 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      after the stuff he’s been pulling the last two seasons? i don’t want this guy anywhere near the knicks we have enough problems as it is we don’t need this clown here

  7. dannythebisforbeast - May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Hope he gets traded and the team he’s traded to hires Van Gundy.

  8. mogogo1 - May 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    If they just dumped a coach with a 65% winning percentage and fail to keep Howard, they’ll be a new contender for the worst run franchise in sports.

    • sasquash20 - May 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      He is a good coach. Cry baby Howard was a big distraction all year and the team still made the playoffs. I think they should have traded Howard and kept SVG.

      • skids003 - May 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        Trade him for a bag of balls, that should really help his ego.

  9. rickyspanish - May 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I thought this was over! I guess I was naive. I would love to hear that he wanted to be traded from Howard himself, there I go being naive again, silly me.

  10. AlohaMrHand - May 22, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Told ya

  11. pukpokito - May 22, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Dwight Howard would be a perfect fit for the Celtics.The organization has the pedigree to make everything ideal for him to whatever it is he desires to go with building and winning a championship.Is he right enough to see it though?

  12. ezmagic - May 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    “a source close to Howard?” tells Sheridanhoops.com. Haha freakin funny! Why wouldn’t you tell someone else like espn or NBC sports, or SI…. Let the SPECULATIONS begin!!!!! I’ll believe it when I hear it from the horses mouth.

  13. lakerade - May 22, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Let it happen this time, Stern.

  14. buffalowned - May 22, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    hopefully they trade him to another country. this guy is an embarrassment to the nba all he wants to do is go to brooklyn and be a celebrity

  15. vstyle23 - May 22, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    @sasquash20, the only problem with STG was that he ratted the company out. He got some inside word about his job security and told where he heard the rumblings from. I think Orlando should trade D12 for the number one pic. Davis will be way better than D12, mark my words. Get Phil J to GM and BShaw to Coach

  16. metalhead65 - May 22, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    If he thinks he has had it rough in Orlando send him to Charlotte and let him see what rough is. even if they only get a bag of used basketballs for him it will be worth it watching the big baby suffer for a year before he gets his freedom. send him there or Cleveland anyplace other than where he wants to go.

  17. mungman69 - May 22, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    You can’t let the player run the team. Trade him to North Dakota.

    • skids003 - May 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Hey man, that’s the NBA, the clowns running the circus.

  18. iowahbr - May 22, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Next step is pretty simple. Make Howard the player-coach. Should end all the Howard complaints about the coaching staff.

  19. boilerup1869 - May 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Ship him to Russia or Israel.

    And now, starting at center for your Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dwight Howard!

  20. 1historian - May 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Given the high quality of this year’s draft class, given the continuing soap opera that is Dwight Howard – and the 3rd given is the draft order still to be determined – things could get REAL interesting leading up to the draft.

  21. 1historian - May 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    leading up to and INCLUDING the draft.

  22. demo3356 - May 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    How bout a 3 way trade? Howard to Brooklyn, Deron Williams to the Knicks and Stoudamire to the Magic. Kknicks get the PG they need, the Nets get the new face of the franchise (with a ton of cap room to build around him) and the Magic get a superstar back.

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      No one on earth wants Amare’s contract. No one wanted it when he signed the deal a few years ago, they certainly don;t want it now.

    • knightrider1755 - May 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      Only Dolan was stupid enough to give Amare that outlandish contract. Any team that makes a deal with the Knicks for Amare is a DUMB team. Face it, the Knicks are stuck with both Melo and Amare so they better get used to it.

  23. knightrider1755 - May 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    ” Howard still wants to be in New Jersey….or maybe Dallas.”? Good luck to Dwight if he’s goes to New Jersey because the Nets are no longer there. They are in Brooklyn.

  24. justprofit84 - May 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Howard in LA playing for the clippers next ? The Clips would be unstoppable

    • echech88 - May 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      They’d arguably be better but not unstoppable because Griffin is the only piece the Clippers have left to make that trade happen.

  25. raidmagic - May 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I don’t buy it. This report is crap. The Magic have been in contact with Howard and his group if he wants a trade so bad they wouldn’t have axed Van Gundy. Unless they have decided to just blow the whole thing up and start over

    • echech88 - May 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      It’s possible getting rid of SVG was just a way to make the job more appealing to prospective GMs so they can bring in ”their guy” and completely put the Howard drama behind them.

      • raidmagic - May 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Good point. GM’s do like to have thier guy.

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