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Dwight Howard says he will only re-sign with one team

Jul 2, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Reuters

Dwight Howard is still trying to influence where he gets traded.

Howard wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets and play with Deron Williams, and to influence that he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (and NBC Sports Network) that he would only re-sign to stay with one team.

As the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and other teams prepare possible trade offers for him, Howard told Yahoo! by phone that, “There’s only one team on my list and if I don’t get traded there, I’ll play the season out and explore my free agency after that.”

Howard wouldn’t name the team. Woj’s sources say and pretty much everyone with a working Internet connection knows he is talking Brooklyn.

Howard is trying to scare off other teams. It may work with the Lakers, who would rather work on keeping Andrew Bynum happy and re-signing him than rolling the dice with Howard.

The Rockets, it’s still worth the risk for them. If they trade for him they become instant near contenders and have a year to convince him to stay. If he does they remain at the top of the West. If he leaves them after a year they will fall to the bottom of the league but can rebuild through high draft picks. Either way, they get out of their current spot stuck in the middle of the league, good not great.

Howard also spoke to the report from ESPN that he felt Orlando “blackmailed” him when he opted in for next season and he wanted to be clear about what he told the Magic organization.

“I never used the word blackmail in reference to any of my dealings with the Magic,” Howard said. “I never said that. It’s defamatory and it’s inaccurate. I know what blackmail means and any report that I used the term incorrectly is inaccurate….

“This was not the first time [that I asked for trade],” Howard said. “I communicated this to [Magic president] Alex [Martins] and [former general manager] Otis [Smith] way before Friday that I wanted to be traded – months before this meeting with Rob Hennigan. That was all way before Stan [Van Gundy] got fired.”

I’m not sure any of that helps his public relations position. Fair or not, he’s going to take a hit in some quarters when this trade goes down, wherever it is.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Sick and tired of this dude.

  2. boltsup - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    This clown needs to get the he’ll outta here… I swear he is the biggest kid in a man’s world, dude is delusional keep his ass far away from the PurpNGold, he’s not a champion nor will ever be 1… We breed champs out here not crybaby losers like this chump… He got punked by ORL management to opt in after he bitched and moaned all year, screwed up his back and started crying again crying he got blackmailed LOL!

    Dude u look worse than Lebron at least LBJ held his ground and never budged, Dwight was supposed to say screw you I’m opting out and gotten shipped to GSW or sum dump for 2 months and then flee to BK now he looks dumb as heLL… He didn’t wanna be the next Bron, trust me bro you will never be close to his level… Bynum will continue to be a dominant center we don’t need a bigger baby at the 5 than we already have, DEUCES!

  3. beavertonsteve - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Send him to the Kings for a season.

  4. digitalpoo - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Maybe I don’t understand the trade as well as I should, but what would the Nets be left with if they traded for Dwight? He’s leaving a mediocre team to join a mediocre team.

    • teehov843 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:33 AM

      This is why. They have plenty money to sign players. And will go over luxury tax if they need to.

  5. kpow55 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Would be awesome to see either D Wil go to Dallas and Howard get shipped to Brooklyn by himself or D Wil and Joe Johnson in Brooklyn and they don’t have the pieces to acquire this tool

  6. storebrandcookies - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Why are the Magic front office letting Dwight control their team? Get what you can right now. Whether it is Bynum or picks from Houston; I can’t take another day of this whiner.

  7. jkidd25 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Send him to Toronto where the team will suck and his check get taxed to hell.

  8. asublimeday - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    We all know that statement was prepared. I can’t imagine Howard can accurately define a word with more than 8 letters.

  9. hoodheisman - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    I think it’s a stretch to say the Lakers are content with Bynum. Every organization is aware of the current trend where a couple superstars become friends and try to end up on the same team. Everybody in the Laker front office has taken notice that guys like Chris Paul and Deron Williams have tried to team with Dwight Howard. Yet not a single player has tried to do the same with Andrew Bynum.

    The Laker front office understands why they won’t become a contender again trying to build around Bynum. The only 2 players they want to succeed Kobe are Chris Paul and Dwight Howard (in that order). Bynum (and Gasol) are simply assets to get one of those two and they don’t need any assurances to pull the trigger. Otherwise they never would made that deal for Paul.

  10. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    His PR team has failed him miserably…he has killed his image by acting like a two year old throwing a temper tantrum because he is not getting exactly what he wants. So wish Magic could trade him to the Euro League so we would not have to hear about this fool for a year

  11. passerby23 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    You just can’t believe anything Howard says anymore. First, he denies saying anything bad about SVG. Then, he denies ever asking for a trade and was “happy” in Orlando. Now, he is demanding a trade saying he asked for one months ago (when he allegedly never asked for one).

    And I agree, what else does Brooklyn offer? They are a couple years away from competing. After signing Wallace, if they re-sign Williams, and then deplete their roster to trade for Howard, how much cap space is left to fill out the roster with half decent players?

  12. scobbalobba - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    aIf I am the new Orlando GM, I am telling Dwight Howard to GAFH and say that we are going to get the best deal for our ball club regardless of his own preference.It’s time someone stands up to this Howard bloke and tells him like it is and maybe trade the DH to the Raptors or something if they could offer Derozan, 3 No#1 picks and the dude that plays Centre and then tell Howard that the deal is done and to stick it in his pipe and smoke it !!!!

    • bparmalee - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      They could offer that but they wouldn’t. No team… no matter how bad… is going to do anything resembling that kind of deal for a 1 year rental.

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        I wonder if all these Chinese teams that offered MAJOR money to our guys to come play for a year would do the same thing for Orlando?

        Can Orlando send him to China for, oh I don’t know, for 10-20 million. I wonder if the CBA makes it impossible to get players traded to other leagues…it works in baseball…wonder if it will work in basketball.

  13. knightrider1755 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Why would any team be willing to give up valuable assets to acquire Howard’s services for one season? It doesn’t make sense to rent Howard for a few months and have to deal with a disgruntled and player while a media circus continues to surround this story. Howard has the upper hand in this situation and Orlando should acknowledge it, trade him to Brooklyn, and move on. It is fairly obvious that Howard will be a distraction to any team he goes to until he gets his way. Enough already. Stop the madness!

  14. wjmoffatt - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    Send him to Charlotte! Then he will really suffer.

  15. tomtravis76 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    What would the Nets and Orlando have to trade to make it work?

    This is a bad story for the league, Stern should step in and help make something happen. He cant stay in Orlando any longer, these stories will be terrible all season long.

  16. lakerluver - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    D. Will, G. Wallace, and D. Howard? Yeah, it looks like the titles will start rolling in for the Nets. NOT!!!

  17. bparmalee - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Howard is trying to make sure he ruins the Magic on his way out. He is forcing a trade to team with few assets and souring anyone else on making a run for him. I never liked this guy but now everyone sees what a fake this dude is. This will end up being his legacy unless he wins a title so I hope he never does.

  18. nightrain42 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    This guy makes me sick.

  19. patfic15 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Howard has ridiculously small ears which makes taking advice very difficult.Please be kind to the little guy. In reality this guy has been fake from day one….”I’m gonna bring the cross to the NBA”..blah blah blah….at least one illegitimate child later…whose mother was paid to keep it shut…. yeah Dwight. You’re so unique.

  20. jonirocit - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Loser end of story hope he gets traded to Brooklyn and gets a torn acl in pre season and never plays agian

    • florida727 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Why? Why wish him a career-ending injury? That would be like you being a computer software developer and someone wishing you the most extreme case of carpal tunnel in the history of the ailment. What does it accomplish? Does it make you feel better? He’s fulfilling his contract. Then he gets to “go to work” for another “company”. That would be like someone wishing that you get into a motorcycle accident, get brain damage and have to be spoon-fed for the rest of your life. Grow up, man. It’s only a sport. What an asinine “hope” you have.

  21. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    go play in traffic, jack@ss

  22. florida727 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    On the one hand, I don’t blame Howard for this. Like all athletes in all sports, he’s under contract, he’ll fulfill the terms of that contract, then he’s free to “go to work” for whoever he wants. Like you or me going to work at IBM or WalMart. There’s nothing stopping us from working where we want to either. So I get that. However…

    The flip-side is that he’s selfishly holding an entire organization hostage because no one, not even the Nets, will offer anything of value to the Magic, knowing the Magic are in a no-win situation. If I’m any other team but the Magic, all I offer are pieces I want to get rid of to clear space for the future AND I’d insist the Magic pay a portion of this year’s contract too. The Magic are in the beggar’s position: they have to take whatever gets offered or bite the bullet, use him for one more season as best they can, and start from scratch.

    This builds an argument for NEVER offering any athlete anything more than a one-year contract with an extremely low base salary, and have everything be incentive-based if they want to make serious money. Because if Howard stays in Orlando, he sleepwalks through the season to protect his body for his next employer. Guaranteed that this year’s stats will be his lowest/worst ever.

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      He is not living up to his contract. He signed a one year tender, if he was living up to his contract, he would shut up and quit demanding these stupid trades. Players that live up to their contracts are guys like Steve Nash…never talked contracts, never demanded trades, nothing. Played out his ENTIRE contract without griping, complaining, etc.

      No, the Magic are not in a beggars position. While it is true Dwight is talented, he’s also a douche bag, with a lot of instability, and he’ll bring that to a city near you if you want him to.

      I’ve sat here in Orlando and watched dipsh-t not develop any form of offensive game. Yes, he gets boards, block shots etc. but the head aches are not worth it. People keep saying that he took them straight to the NBA finals right out of the gates, but don’t forget that while Howard was averaging 20 points a game, Rashard was averaging 17, Hedo was averaging 16.9 per game, Jameer 16.7, Courtney Lee was a rookie just under 9 points a game, Skip to My Lou 11 and some change…that was extremely balanced scoring. Don’t forget Hedo got the most improved player award that year also.

      THAT was a team that would spread the ball and the stats show it…it wasn’t the Dwight Howard show, so lets not forget about that, and lets not make Dwight Howard any better than what he really is…defensive beast, grabs boards, and while that’s great..the head ache that comes along with it…not so great.

      Orlando would benefit more from sitting Dwight Howard for the entire year. If they cannot legally keep his @ss out of the locker room, the training facility and Amway, I’d just put him on the DNP list every single day of the season. They can collect a lottery pick, and at the very least they can hold onto his rights all year long and let him get out of shape, trade him at the trade deadline to some team that isn’t going to make the playoffs and call it good…or just sit on his rights all year long and burn him the same way he’s burning Orlando…

      The Magic do NOT have to do anything with this guy…swallow their pride, swallow their losses and sit on his contract. Prove that the players are not in control.

  23. mojosmagic - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Howard should play in diapers.

  24. klownboy - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Not too say I told you so, but I told you so Orlando…

  25. onereasonableman - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Can anyone explain why he resigned for one year in Orlando? Wouldn’t he have been a free agent this summer and then could have gone wherever he wanted to????

    • terraj35 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Because the magic told him to sign the year option or theyre trading him to the lakers. Something he really didnt want to happen

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