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Report: Magic tell Dwight Howard they are suspending trade efforts

Jul 11, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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And once again, the Orlando Magic have called a time out.

The Magic have told Dwight Howard that they have suspended trade talks right now, reports Jarrod Rudolph of Real GM, who is well connected in Orlando.

Sources: Orlando Magic have informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks in favor of finding next head coach.

Multiple sources now confirm this. However, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said that was “not accurate.” However he did say in a press conference in regards to conversations with the Nets:

“As currently constructed, there’s not much there.”

That sounds pretty dead to me. By the way, the coaching search thing is a ruse, the Magic could do trade talks and a coaching search if they wanted to. Clearly they do not because they do not like the offers out there (or can’t sign the guys they do like such as Andrew Bynum).

This feels like what happened closer to the trade deadline in February when the Magic couldn’t find an offer they liked and pulled back. (At that time Orlando was trying to keep Howard, so he removed his player option to become a free agent this summer, something Howard now regrets.)

This means the trade with Nets broke down, which is not a surprise they haven’t been able to reach a deal for a year.

This means the Nets will sign Brook Lopez and move on.

This all means the circus of the Dwight Howard trade scenarios will return at some future date (start of training camp, into next season). This is just a hiatus. The Lakers, Rockets and other teams will be back in the mix, but

  1. crtzinc - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    He is officially not going to Brooklyn, good. Lakers must step up and acquire him now/soon.

  2. shockexchange - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Apparently, the Magic’s GM has decided to take the Shock Exchange’s advice and hold out for Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, at the same ____ time, at the same ____ time. Good for him.

    • censoredpost - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Never gonna ____ happen.

      • shockexchange - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        L.A. will just get knocked off in the 2nd round of the playoffs again while Horry, Jr. throws Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum under the bus at the same ____ time.

      • censoredpost - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Wake up. The Ghost of Robert Horry Jr just phoned in and he says Lakers win the West. Claims he wishes he was still around so he could help us win again. I miss you Robert and your dagger like late 3’s. Sigh.

    • none - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Love that song!

    • luvsheat - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      I know most pro players are all about “business” but howard is THEE most narcissistic POS in the NBA!! I hope he has to play out the year in Orlando and hears boos whenever he steps on the court. THEN…at the end of the year NOBODY signs this prima donna and he sits out a year crying and then signs for the league minimum!!! He made the bed, let him sleep in it!!!

  3. khuxford - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    “This all means the circus of the Dwight Howard trade scenarios will return at some future date (start of training camp, into next season). This is just a hiatus. The Lakers, Rockets and other teams will be back in the mix, but”

    Apparently, the Magic suspended the writing of this entry.

  4. doctorfootball - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Hard to blame the Magic knowing they won’t be getting ANYWHERE NEAR equal value for Dwight. That said, they’ll be getting a lot less if they wait to trade him during the season. Because team’s willing to trade for him during the NBA season will now have less than an entire year of a “rent a Dwight” sitatuion before he eventually becomes free agent. Unless, that is, Dwight drops his “I’ll only sign with one team” stance.

    • slopmcflop - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      I really think, if you’re Orlando, you’ve got to bite the bullet and just pull the trigger on a trade that allows you to free up cap space and hopefully snag a few picks. You are never going to get equal value in return, but the sooner you can move on from this ordeal, the better.

      As is, as long as Howard is in ORL, this mess will consume everything around it, including their season.

  5. zzztknk - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    After what Howard did to Van Gundy, what coach would want to go through that headache until December. Two years of this mess! This is terrible for the league and the Magic organization!

  6. joshm5683 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Just trade him to Charlotte for a 2nd round pick, MKG out of spite! At the very least you clear cap space

    • borderline1988 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      I don’t even think Charlotte would do that.

      Dwight would almost certainly leave next year. Why waste a future building block on MKG for one, probably non-playoff year with Dwight Howard?

      People don’t understand, Orlando is getting screwed b/c Howard won’t agree to sign with anyone but the Nets. So no teams in their right minds will give Orlando much for one season of a disgruntled Howared.

      Orlando can always do the Lopez trade at the deadline. Or, they can ship him off to Houston later for a 1rst rounder.

  7. censoredpost - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    If I was the Magic I would keep him. Force him to leave 30 mil on the table as Jerry West Suggested. He won’t do it. Call his bluff. If you lose him, sh*t happens. At least you still have respect and no player will ever pull this crap on you again. 30 million reasons why he resigns. If he left that on principal/want I would respect him more as well.

  8. ccshocktalk - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Quite honestly I think having to deal with Dwight will be a huge turn off for the better candidates in the race. If I am an assistant and don’t mind the squad i currently work with, I’d sit tight and wait for Dwight to get shipped out before I took another interview with the front office in Orlando.

    And Orlando will never get the talent level in exchange for Dwight, but if they can get rid of Dwight, and Hedu’s contracts they’ll save MAJOR money, and get at least 4-5 first round draft picks, plus if they suck that bad (and they will) they’ll get lottery picks as well which will put them in a great position to rebuild.

  9. deadeyedesign23 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    “The Lakers, Rockets and other teams will be back in the mix, but”

    …but what

  10. thatstinks - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Mommy wants him to come home . She loves her filthy Hawks !

  11. hemingway87 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    What a stupid, stupid move by the Magic. Of course, the offers are underwhelming at best. But with the pressure of being left with nothing at the end of the season mounting those proposed deals are not going to get any better. Bynum is probably not going to change his mind about playing in Orlando. The Nets are going to sign Lopez and the Hump. This leaves the Rockets whose rental clock is ticking… I just don’t get it – take the best trade available and move on already!

  12. thatstinks - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Honestly I would be stunned if Dwight Howard didn’t come up with a new list of suitors he would sign long term with . He has to know the Magic bent backwards to make him a Net. They sure didn’t have to . That four team 85 player trade attempt was nuts .

  13. thebigcaptain2011 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Great! Now Dwight will threaten to not sign an extension wherever he goes, the Magic will get nothing when he walks in free-agensy, and the Magic will fall into basketball hell. Good for them!

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      If Howard starts refusing to cooperate with ALL trades and insists on playing out his contract he WILL get traded and he certainly won’t have any say in where it will be. It will simply be whoever is willing to give up the most for a one year rental.

  14. bparmalee - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Orlando… worst run franchise in the NBA. They got nothing for Shaq……they are going to get less every day that goes by for Howard. I would not ask these guys for stock tips…. they prob still own 100,000 shares of Pan-Am.

    • progress2011 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Good Point. The Hawks and that contract they gave Joe Johnson would be a close second

  15. skinsfanwill - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    At this point, who cares. I’m so sick of hearing about this crap. I wanna know why the heck did the Nets sign Stackhouse? Give me some insight on that.

  16. jmaxwell78 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Force Brooklyn to get nervous, sign Lopez long term, and there’s no room for Dwight to sign as a free agent next year. Then you can trade him to the Lakers possibly necause LA will know that he would probably re-sign at that point.

  17. florida727 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Of course the Magic called off trade talks for now. It’s 5:45p ET. They’ll resume tomorrow. Dinner’s waiting…

  18. none - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Look here people. Rob knows Dwight will freak-the-phugkk-out if he thinks he will have to show up at the Amway Center in a Magic uniform and stand in front of 19,000 of the most disgusted fans in pro sports.

    As this day draws closer, Dwight will BEG to sign-and-trade to a much longer list of teams. I, for one, would pay All-Star game ticket prices to see Dwight face a bowl full of hate.

  19. ashutto20 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Would love to see Howard forced to play in Orlando until the next trade deadline haha…that would be great

  20. blackandbluedivision - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    He’s going to be traded to the Bulls. Mark my words.

  21. ch8878 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    The Nets are garbage I’m glad the Magic basically told them to shove it.

    Why Howard wants to play with the same Nets team that stunk up the league plus Joe Johnson who is complete garbage how Atlanta talked them into get Joe “washed up” Johnson is beyond me.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Spoken like a truly envious Knicks fan.

  22. charlutes - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Go ahead and lose him for nothing dummies, serves them right for not trading him a long time ago.

  23. ras1tafari - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    LOL. Go f–k yourself Howard.

  24. luvsheat - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I know most pro players are all about “business” but howard is THEE most narcissistic POS in the NBA!! I hope he has to play out the year in Orlando and hears boos whenever he steps on the court. THEN…at the end of the year NOBODY signs this prima donna and he sits out a year crying and then signs for the league minimum!!! He made the bed, let him sleep in it!!!

  25. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    At this point I’m less tired of reading about the Eurozone troubles than Dwight Howard.

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