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Report: Dwight Howard wants trade to Nets. Again. Oh, and he thinks the Magic blackmailed him.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard has informed the Orlando Magic that he wants a trade out of Orlando to the New Jersey Nets.

Yeah, I know. You’ve heard this before. But now it’s with a new GM! And it’s extra-ridiculous! Let’s get this offseason started!

From ESPN:

Dwight Howard met with new Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Friday and told him he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Howard and Hennigan sat down face to face in Los Angeles, meeting for the first time since Hennigan became Orlando’s GM nearly two weeks ago.

Hennigan was noncommital when Howard told him he wants to be traded to Brooklyn, sources said.

Hennigan did not tell Howard whether he would trade him. His intentions were merely to hear the thoughts of the Magic superstar.

via Sources — Dwight Howard tells Orlando Magic GM he wants trade to Brooklyn Nets – ESPN.

So Howard, after claiming he wanted a trade last winter, then rescinding it, then putting it back out there, then saying he’d stay for another year, then backing out, then finally signing his opt-in, wants out again.

At some point, if you’re the Magic, this isn’t worth it, right? It’s just too big of a headache? Or back ache? Or pain in the backside? I mean, that’s where we’re at, right? It cannot be worth Howard’s considerable production and All-Star play to deal with this nonsense day by day, hour by hour, throwing the organization into constant drama by leaking information to people left and right of this nature. There has to be a point where the Magic are just like “Fine, go. We’ll take MarShon Brooks and a trade exception. Just don’t ever talk to us again.” Because this stuff is clown shoes.

But wait, it gets better!

But since then, he has grown increasingly disgruntled with the organization, even telling people close to him that he feels the Magic blackmailed him into signing the “opt-in” clause.

Howard shared his feelings of being blackmailed by the Magic with the NBA Players Association last week, sources said. He — either himself or through his representatives — approached the union wondering if he might have a legal complaint against the club.

via Sources — Dwight Howard tells Orlando Magic GM he wants trade to Brooklyn Nets – ESPN.

Yup, that’s right. Dwight Howard, after the Magic fell all over himself for the entire year trying to make him happy, after signing Gilbert Arenas and Glen Davis, after firing Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy, thinks that the Magic blackmailed him into signing an opt-in clause.

This story cannot get crazier. It’s not possible. There is no room for crazy. Go sell crazy somewhere else. The Magic are full-up on crazy. And Amway. But mostly crazy.

So Howard wants out of Orlando and into Brooklyn with Deron Williams. He’s not bending on where he wants to go to give them outs. He’s not quietly sitting out his final year to enter free agency. He’s just causing more of a ruckus and more drama for his team.

Welcome to the team, Rob Hennigan. Have fun with that.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Does he want his blankie too?

  2. kerby720 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Just get rid of him already! Who knew Dwight could be such a drama queen. Trade him and Turkoglu to the Nets for Lopez, Marshon Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor, and 2 future 1sts. Then you can start all over without the circus.

  3. jimbo75025 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    This guy is nuttier than a squirrel turd…….carefull what you wish for Nets fans.

  4. kerby720 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Oh Dwight, here’s the number to my Psychiatrist.


    • ron05342 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      Good one.

  5. knightrider1755 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Oh Matt Moore, “Dwight Howard wants to be traded from Orlando to the New Jersey Nets”. Orlando should do that, since that team no longer exists.

    • TIB - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      Now hold on this is “Crazy Dwight” here…maybe he does want to be traded to the Nets of NEW JERSEY, maybe he just wants to play with himself in an empty arena (and yea I know “by himself” worked, but I couldn’t help it)

  6. ron05342 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    “Because this stuff is clown shoes.”

    Great f’ing line. My answer to everything-Howard. :)

  7. jerseypatriot76 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    I think we need to give Glen Davis a new nickname. Howard is the new Big Baby.

  8. bigtrav425 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Screw him…if i was Orlando…id say F you and keep him and DNP him or inactive him for EVERY game of the yr or atleast up to trading deadline just as a F U for the blackmail thing and start teaching these NBA divas a little lesson or tough love

    • moseskkim - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      I know we’re in this hate d12 mode and I’m with everyone but this idea is just stupid. So u pay a guy 18 mil to sit down and do nothing. Okay. Then u let him leave without getting any assets for him. Okay.. Why would u do that? Tough love eh?

  9. ksctychiefs - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    like they said above…’just get rid of him’….then bring ‘svg’ back!!!…….any Magic team,minus dh,plus return of svg,will be alot better!!!….hw in the world did they let svg go?…..

  10. dcdebacle - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    remember when he was coming into the league and he was being marketed as a quiet, religious, happy go lucky type guy? the type of guy that would be happy to play anywhere, as long as he could call his mom every night? he was the future shy star and emeka okafor was the aggressive college bully? yeah, i guess the superman cape kinda wiped all that away. what a d*ck. reminds me of carmelo during the last year in Denver.

  11. badintent - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Trade him and his drama to a crap team like the Kings. Then he’ll have to earn his $$ like a man banging with Byrum,. Duncan, Perkins , etc in the West instead of the nursing home Gannett yappers of the world. Can’t wait for Metta to throw an elbow at him too. And Scaramento has no nightlife too, Howard will feel he ‘s in North Dakota.Of course , there’s always the chance that the team moves to Anaheim. When he blows out a knee, he’s got a job waiting across the street as Goofy at Disneyland. The dude’s all ready on the short list.

  12. lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I would say Howard is only hurting himself with his bi-polar actions. However two things come to mind. The first being that another superstar in Florida has already proven that acting like a self-centered, immature individual will quickly be forgiven by a franchise that desires to win a championship. The second being there are many franchises who are desperate enough to follow through with #1. Lack of integrity, and sense of entitlement seems to plague some of these young stars in sports today. As a result Howard’s going to get his trade, but it will not to the Nets. More like a team that has assets to bargain with.

  13. zacmonte - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Howard is a total headcase. Just get rid of him already. I like the idea Kerby presented earlier. Trade him for Brooks, Lopez’s rights (pretty sure he is an RFA this year), Taylor, Houston’s 2013 1st (acquired in the Terrance Williams trade, top 12 protected), and their 2014 1st. Maybe throw in the 3mil trade exception they have. They can make numbers work, and they can still get 2 young, promising prospects, a borderline first round talent in taylor, as well as 2 1sts. At first I was worried it wouldn’t work because NJ traded their pick away this year so they wouldnt have a 2013 first to trade, but they have the Rocket’s one to trade so they could give the magic 2 1sts. Thats about as good as it’s going to get for Howard at this point, seeing as it looks like he’s going to force his way to Brooklyn. They can make the numbers work. Just take it and start rebuilding. Tank next season and suddenly you have Brooks, Lopez, Nicholson (depending on how his game translates over to the NBA) 2 extra firsts, and a top draft pick in a draft projected to have a lot of talented bigs with upside in the upper half between Noel, Zeller, McAdoo, Isiah Austin, Steven Adams, and Rudy Gobert. That’s not a bad foundation to build upon at all.

    • kerby720 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Seriously. They’re not going anywhere right now anyway even with Dwight. Might as well get a good young core together, and in 4 or 5 years when Dwayne, LBJ, and Bosh are grandpas. It’ll be the Magic’s turn!

  14. danielcp0303 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Did they make you call a press conference too? Force you to lie to the media? Even Lebron is probably shakin his head at this fool

  15. sirchops - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    U can call Howard another cliff lee. Some talent but wants to be around great players to win but is not one himself. He knows he has injury problems but still wants top super star $. Any team that gets Howard will be sorry

  16. astrosfan75956 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Dwight Howard is acting 100 times worse than Lebron and not taking nearly as much heat as Lebron.

  17. going4iton4th - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    I really thought the Magic pushed their luck during the season with this guy, but it was a failure on management and ownership to move Dwight when they had the chance. Now, his value has plummeted to a few basketballs and some dryer lint. Orlando’s let this guy embarrass and drag the organization through the crapper and make no mistake he has. Orlando has no choice but to give up Dwight for whatever they can get. No way he can start the season in an Orlando uniform. Hennigan must have been smoking some good stuff to think he could make this work. I’d say Howard’s rep ain’t that great either but Orlando allowed this ridiculousness to go on so they only have themselves to blame!

  18. hoopersx - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Send him to Charlotte or Washington. Send him somewhere that will send their best assets back to Orlando so he ends up on a team surrounded by a bunch of scrubs.

    This guy is such a primadonna. Why should Orlando care where he wants to be traded? They have a team to run. He’s made it abundantly clear he couldn’t care less about Orlando. Why should they care about him?

    Before last season started, I thought maybe he would be a good move in the right trade for the Lakers. Now, I wouldn’t want the guy at all. As retarded as Bynum acts at times, I’ll take him over a bi-polar cry baby like Howard.

  19. pukpokito - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Orlando really overcoked this one.they had options when this started.Now it is just The Nets….and they are still non-comittal? they are already killing the next season.Give them Howard and torkuglu already. Get Lopez, wallace,Brooks and 2 first round picks.then take it from there.something should go right somewhere when the time comes.

  20. scottieplongballs - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    You two making trade proposals are ridiculous! I dont think they were offering that last year now there getting every good piece except DW plus 2 first rounders!? Lol. Not gonna happen. Orlando had zero leverage now. Dwight stole all that from Orlando once he realized he was blackmailed. Hahaha

    • kerby720 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      That’s not necessarily true either. Sure Dwight’s antics do nothing for the Magic’s leverage, but they don’t have to trade to Brooklyn. They don’t have to trade him at all actually, but they do have some options where they can get something in return.

      I know the Rockets are willing to trade for a rental. I’m sure they can get some young pieces to build with from them. There might be a couple of other teams that we don’t know about that might do the same.

      • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:36 AM

        Well, actually they do have to trade him or risk losing him while getting nothing in return next offseason. They don’t have to trade him right now and could wait until the trade deadline. However, that is a lot of hassle to go through during the first half of the season. On the flip side of that though, the Magic will get some of the leverage back as well by teams looking to turn a playoff run into a championship run.

    • zacmonte - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      Brooklyn is trying to open with a bang, that means having D12 as a Net come opening day. Also, the first rounders probably wont come until 2014 for the Magic anyways. One would be the Rockets 2013 1st, which is top 14 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, or a 2017 2nd round pick and they basically have a fire sale over there anyways, so the Magic wouldn’t see that pick for a while. The other is the 2014 Nets first, which with D-Will and D12 on Brooklyn as well as a year to gather more role players probably wouldn’t be a high pick anyways, most likely in the 18-25 range. So you get a star in D12 for Brooks, an often injured Lopez, a late first and a first you have no idea when you are going to see, and a guy you picked in the second round? The Nets still win pretty big in that trade. It’s not like these picks are picks where you have a decent chance of grabbing a potential all-star, they are picks where you would be satisfied picking up a role player who puts in 12 solid minutes a game or a specialist.

  21. 91devinhester23 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    wow.. i think this is starting to get even more classless than the decision

  22. phreakin - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I used to be a Howard fan. Key word is used. Dude has just kept making himself look like a diva over and over again. At some point I think the teams he wants to go to will decide he’s not worth the trouble

  23. fanz928 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Sources sources source

  24. xjokerz - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    As a lion fan I feel as if I can help … Barry sanders wanted out of Detroit .. Lions said f u u can either play out ur contract like you signed or retire … Barry retired. Man up magic don’t cave to divas demands.

    • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:19 AM

      And look where that got you. One of the best running backs of all time called your bluff and retired. Leaving the Lions empty handed. A commendable move by Barry as he stuck to his retirement. A stupid move by the Lions front office. But let’s be honest Joker. That is not the entire story. Barry had lost his passion to play. The years of losing had taken its toll on Sanders, mentally draining him in the process. Which is why he never bothered to make a come back once his Lion’s contract ended. That is clearly not the case here. Howard just wants to be in control and have things his way. And that is a selfish and ridiculous thing to think he is entitled to in the world of business. Not quite the same in my opinion. I do agree with you though that the Magic need to play hardball with him.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Horrible comparison. Barry didn’t like playing for a loser for almost a decade. He deserved to leave that miserable city and garbage team. Detroit wasted the greatest running back of all time.

  25. damp1015 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    It’s sad that someone who could be so great has so much drama around his career, yet it is self inflicted. The Magic should get the most out of him now before they end up empty handed. They have until next summer to really take it to the Nets for what they can get.

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