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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. lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    What I don’t understand from Howard’s perspective is, why doesn’t he want to go to an established team like the Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, or Mavs for example? Heck, I think the Thunder have some serious bargaining chips that could pull off that trade if they really wanted to. He is not acting rationally. Instead he is acting immature. On top of that he wants the Magic to force a trade to a bad team with little to offer in return. And despite what some people believe, I do not feel that Lopez and a couple of first round picks will get it done if those picks are lottery protected. Magic need to play hardball with this guy… or at least get him some therapy.

  2. scobbalobba - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    As we would say in Australia if a space cadet like Howard pulled a stunt like this in our great game of Aussie Rules – What a Wayne Kerr

  3. clowncavernius - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    He turned into a mark ass crying ass bum. Even in 2k12 the picture of him is him crying

  4. patfic15 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    I usually don’t speak in such a manner but I have to say that Dwight Howard is the biggest b**ch I have seen in the NBA. Also, this site has some of the worst writers I’ve seen in recent memory.

  5. freudnumb - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    That’s why college education matters. Compare Dwight & Bron to Durant & Rose …

    • cordae - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Horrible comparison. The only one worth mentioning in that list is Durant. They were both one and dones so your reason for mentioning them is BS. Yes, they are both humble and class acts, qualities you can (and i believe they did) acquire OUTSIDE/BEFORE of college. Like from your parents? Perhaps? I mean seriously, Rose was coached by Cal, you see?

    • professoressadiesel - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM


      The same kid that cheated on the SAT?

  6. ccshocktalk - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Dwight was perfect for the Magic organization. Two crazies together. What other sane organization would pick up Rashard Lewis for way over $100 million, and do the same thing again with Gilbert Arenas, both out of their prime and on the backside of their career. Not to mention the little gun situation Gilbert had in DC.
    Then you sign Vince Carter, and bring Hedo back on a massive contract after his best years were spent in Sacramento and Orlando…you let him go once for good reason. They went out and signed Quentin Richardson and Jason Richardson, again at the end of their careers while letting young developing players like Courtney Lee & Brandon Bass leave.

    Dwight and Orlando were perfect till the crazies no longer were on the same crazy train together…don’t forget it’s the same organization that let Shaq go, and Penny Hardaway. This isn’t Orlando’s first dance with major drama queens, but hopefully (for the entire NBA) it’s their last dance with drama.

    Trade him to NJ but they wont get what they’re asking for because the Nets know they can wait for him, and Brook Lopez is as a solid player, and they have a handful of good pieces together…Dwight has the power right now. So, forget his wishes and trade him for someone like Tyreke Evans in Sacramento or send him to Milwaukee for Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis (you lost Jameer, you’ll need a guard) and then go after Chris Kaman and you’ll be okay.

  7. buckeye94 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Either keep him or trade him to a really bad team. Don’t give this guy get what he wants.

  8. hojo20 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I’m so sick of the bitch. Orlando should trade him just to dump this baby. Go to NJ maybe he’ll get a Tampax endorsement deal.

  9. 700levelvet - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    NBA superstars are women……..Simple as that……………the days of legends and heros are over……’s just a bunch of whiny lil wet spots………..they may be grown, they maybe the size of men……but they aren’t men………..Spoiled lil boys

  10. jolink653 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    i wish it was possible for orlando to trade him to china…i’d send him to whichever team offers the best deal for him and let them deal with his crap and i can’t possible see how the nets can offer the best package unless they strip their entire roster and have howard and dwill surrounded by garbage…by the time it’s all said and done this guy might even be more hated than lebron

  11. fordmandalay - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    He’s lucky he plays in today’s diluted NBA, when he’s pretty much the only legitimate center out there. 10-15 years ago he’d be second-tier and we wouldnt have to listen to his drama queening.

    • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      I was watching the draft the other night and was thinking about that very topic you just brought up. I don’t know how we went from a league with so many good centers to barely one or two. Seems like the days of Olajuwan, O’Neal, Parish, Abdul-Jabarr, Ewing, and David Robinson are history. Sadly, some of those match-ups that were so exciting are just a memory. I am not sure why the lack of star powered centers has faded, but I wish they would make a comeback.

      • rooney24 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Because over the last decade and a half, all of the guys that are 6’9″ and above would rather handle the ball in high school and college and turn into SFs or PFs instead. I think there is more perceived glory in today’s game for the 3s and 4s than for what was once considered a true center.

    • qdog112 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      …and you’re lucky you weren’t born 200 years ago and they’re be no basketball. That’s a pretty dumb thing to say. He’s in today’s game and you’re not in the 18th century.

  12. raidmagic - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Ok Fine you win go away!!!!! I’d rather Watch the group of guys that went into the playoffs last year than see him in a Magic uniform again. They may not be as good without him but at least they want to be there.

  13. scobbalobba - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Word just in from Stephen A Smith..Orlando are going to trade Dwight Howard to TMZ for Perez Hilton…A prima donna for a biatch, sounds fair to me

    • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      What? Did Stern Veto the Howard for Khloe K. deal as well?

      • manofbull - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        ur not funny either

    • manofbull - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      ur not funny dude

      • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Khloe K. fan are you?

  14. steve1iron - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Dwight Howard is another example that a high school education just isn’t enough to be able to make the kind of decisions he’s trying to make. This guy needs a lot of adult supervision.

  15. scottieplongballs - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    It Would be idiot to make dwight play out his contract in an Orlando uniform this year. He would poison the locker room and get what he wants at the end of the year, out of Orlando, while Orlando would get nothing! I dont even see the nets trading for him now cause they will get the first crack at him in free agency next year. I dont know why i read these comments. To many low brow simpletons!

  16. fugubeach - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    This funny

  17. tsi431 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Hopefully DWill goes to Dallas and Howard is stuck in Brooklyn by himself and the 20 wins a year they will get.

    It would be Karma at its best.

    • uptmonsta - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Won’t happen, they’ve planned this out together already. They’re both going to Brooklyn. Jason Kidd is following them there. G. Wallace just signed and the rest of the roster will be minimum level players.

  18. alexb64 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    This is so ridiculous. Obviously Dwight (or his people or Nets’ media fanboys) wanted to get this out to put pressure on Orlando to deal him to “the only place he’ll go”, again. My biggest question in this is at what point does Brooklyn decide they’ve had enough & jump off the crazy train? Why would ANY team want to bring this guy on board after seeing him over the last few months? Look what he did to his team & fans that he “loves”. That fact that they played as well while that circus was going on shows without it who knows, maybe they could have reached the ECF? I thought LeBron’s most heinous act wasn’t even the whole “The Decision” thing but how he passive aggressively wrecked The Cavs during his final year there by saying they had a chance to keep him & expecting them to believe him even though any chance of keeping him would’ve involved him saying to a free agent “Hey if you sign here, I’ll come back” & of course how mailed it in during the end of that playoff series. Dwight started off saying he wanted more input on roster movies, then “not asking them to fire Stan Van Gundy” which they eventually did & even replacing the GM that he “had a poor relationship with” and brought in one of the more sought after young front office candidates in the NBA. All of this goes down, almost to a T to what he said it would take to stay in Orlando & now he’s accusing them of blackmailing him (was voodoo too ridiculous of an accusation for him?) into opting out of his opt out option, which was only entirely his choice, even against his agent’s wishes.

    If The Nets seriously still want him & get him they’d be sacrificing a lot more than draft picks, players & money to do it. They’d be sacrificing their integrity & respect, which is already pretty thin after they bolted New Jersey & the fans there to go play little brother to The Knicks.

  19. ch8878 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    The TO of the NBA.

    Howard more then likely is not going to the Nets he can have all the little kid fits he wants they will trade him to a team that has enough talent to match his the only way the Nets could get him if they get other teams involved.

    • uptmonsta - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      He has all the leverage. Any team besides the Nets will only be able to rent him and he knows this.

      I say send him to the Nets for B.Lopez (sign and trade), Marshawn Brooks and a plethora of future 1st rounders to rebuild with. With Howard and Williams together those future 1s will probably be very low, but still have value.

      But if Houston wants to rent him, let them be the suckers.

  20. fearthehoody - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    This is the reason the Nba is America’s 4th favorite sport and falling!

  21. macarwolf - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Trade him to whoever gives them the most in a return… Bring back Van Gundy

  22. magicfan10 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    The problem is the nets have absolutely nothing the magic want…nothing at all….the magic have lost leverage …true…but I would trade him to someone like Houston or the lakers before I send that baby where he wants to go. This situation is the worst I have ever seen in pro basketball..lebron’s deal is soooo small compared to this..he will be hated everywhere…hated…from the most likable to the worst is seconds…wow

  23. rooney24 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    What an idiot! Why opt in and then ask for a trade? You should have just became a free agent and then signed where you wanted. Who cares if they had traded you to some team for a month or two? Plus, now if the Nets need to trade for him, they need to give up other pieces, making the team weaker. If he would have become a free agent, he could have signed there and they could have kept all of their players.

  24. magicbucs - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Trade him to Huston for scola and another and a couple of those 1st rnd rookies. Throw hedo in the deal and a 2nd rnd draft pick or add a 3rd team….
    Then Houston can trade him to whoever and can get 3 good players in return.

    Dwight its sad how you canceled the kids bball camp in orlando. How do you leave a bunch of kids hanging you punk! You lost my respect after that. Booooooooooooo. That’s what you’ll hear all season, worse than lebron got it.

  25. xjokerz - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Lions went to playoffs with Barry …. How many titles have magic won with Howard ? Oh ok then

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