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Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone.

Orlando will start listening to offers for Howard before the NBA Draft (when a number of deals are consummated) and from there on, according to Chris Sheridan at He also reported earlier this week that Howard “desperately” wants out.

A plugged-in league source tells that the feeling is mutual, and Orlando is prepared to trade him sooner rather than later.

The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too.

This is the smart play. Not that I would trade Howard for a draft pick (although if it is the No. 1 and the rights to Anthony Davis I would consider it, however that’s not going to happen), but picks likely are part of any package coming back to Orlando.

What the Magic — and likely Howard — are hoping is the Nets get one of those top three picks and can pair it with Brook Lopez and other parts to send Howard to Brooklyn to pair with Deron Williams. But whoever gets the top picks could be part of a deal for Howard.

  1. raidmagic - May 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    More garbage from sheridanhoops. How about this,we wait and see what happens rather than just guess and hope we are right

  2. jthammerstix - May 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM


  3. nightrain42 - May 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t worry, NJ will get a top 3. It’s what the nba and Adolph Stern wants. It’ll b fixed.

    • knightrider1755 - May 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      I think you mean Brooklyn.

      • phaden27 - May 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        I think he means NJ.

      • sham13ert - May 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM
      • sham13ert - May 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Oh, are they moving back to New Jersey now?

    • therealhtj - May 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Hey, with good things happening in Clipperland, anything’s possible.

  4. buffalowned - May 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I hope he fails wherever he goes. Clown

  5. isujames - May 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    No superstar wants to stay in Orlando and play,it is a stop sign, you wait then you go, and come back to take the kids to sea world or Disneyland!

  6. kvanhorn87 - May 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I would love to see Brooklyn get the #1 pick and take Davis. Then Orlando sends Howard to Charlotte.

    • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 5:58 AM

      Yep, for Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and a couple of draft picks.

  7. kvanhorn87 - May 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Anthony Davis aka “The Uni-Bro” (all rights reserved)

  8. tawone41 - May 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Well lets see Dwight Howard need to be traded to a team that in return the magic can receive veteran help as well as a draft pick.

  9. ron05342 - May 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    If Howard refuses to sign an extension with the receiving team, what’s the point?

    • zeusteej - May 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      What does Orlando care? As long as they get something decent in return, it’s up to the receiving team to make that call.

  10. rollteal - May 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    So he is going to Brooklyn or is going to LA ? Not much of a debate.

    • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 5:53 AM

      I say Brooklyn. I don’t believe he and Kobe can coexist in LA. Wherever Dwight goes he wants to be “the man”. That want happen in Lala land.

  11. sauvy2324 - May 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Let’s think…who has a player worth it? Who is as much of a pain as dwight, but nearly as talented…”ring ring…la is Andrew there?”

  12. turnmymicup - May 25, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Miami fan all the way through but im a Florida boy at heart. It really is sad that ORL has gotten to this point. Just a few years ago they were battling LA in the finals. Now look at them what a mess. Cant wait to see how this will unfold.

  13. congocash - May 25, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I’m going to puke.

  14. ezmagic - May 25, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Who is Sheridanhoops? Is it where nba players and their people give out all the big stories? We can all speculate too you know.

  15. ezmagic - May 25, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Lebron chose espn to make his decision and youre trying to tell me Dwight and his people chose Sheridanhoops? Lmfao

  16. boilerup1869 - May 25, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    What the hell is SheridanHoops?

  17. wfon1 - May 25, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    finally! get rid of him. he doesnt want to be there! goodbye! nuf sed!

  18. gmsingh - May 25, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Orlando should have a sense of humor about it and find out what team Stan Van Gundy goes to, and trade him there.

  19. watermelon1 - May 25, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    I could have sworn that Dwight and Wade were the ones who really wanted to pair with eachother all along… and Wade just didn’t have the heart to tell Lebron and Bosh “no” when they begged to join him.

    I look for Wade and Dwight to pair together once Lebron is denied a ring yet again!

  20. nightrain42 - May 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    I think you mean Brooklyn.

    May 24, 2012, 9:15 PM CDT
    I think he means NJ.

    Correct, I mean NJ. Move where ever u want, they will always be the NJ Nets.

    • sham13ert - May 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Does that mean it’s still the New Orleans Jazz and the Minneapolis Lakers?

  21. loungefly74 - May 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    i can see the lakers making a push…just saying.

  22. splatfest - May 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Trade him to the Bobcats. Maybe Jordan can straighten him out.

  23. alexb64 - May 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Congrats to PBT on your 1,000,000th “Dwight Howard is getting traded/Dwight Howard has requested to be traded/Orlando has decided to trade Dwight Howard” post! I’m fully expecting it to hit 2,000,0000 before anything ever ends up actually happening here because it seems to be that a segment of the blog & media that are lobbying for Dwight in Brooklyn keep releasing these “a trusted source” things & sites like this eat them up. You’d think by now everyone would realize predicting what Orlando & Dwight Howard are doing is like trying to have a conversation with a cat. Pardon my skepticism but that tends to happen when reports like this have been wrong for a solid year straight now. Unless for some illogical reason Orlando got rid of the GM Howard wanted gone & the coach he wanted gone only so they could decide to also get rid of him before their new GM can even approach him about his plan to build the team. This seems like if I decided to make lasagna for dinner, bought the pasta, the sauce, the meat & cheese, put it all in the pan & then decided “You know what I could end up burning this, I think I’ll just order a pizza” and tossed the unbaked lasagna in the garbage.

  24. sham13ert - May 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    In the greatest trade in NBA history, Orlando trades it’s entire roster to New Jersey for their entire roster.

    The move makes both teams happy due in part to pissing off both disgruntled stars. In other news, Dwight Howard ask that Billy King and Avery Johnson be fired.

  25. romeowang - May 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Denver fan here. Trade Lawson, Chandler and McGee for one year of Howard. Miller, Gallinari, Afflalo, Faried and Howard is a title contender. Pray you win, so maybe Howard stays.

    If you lose and he leaves, hope that Mozgov gets a lot better and find a point guard in the draft (ah, who am I kidding, they’d be screwed).

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