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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. angelcastro1120 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    It’s so great to see how an immature, money-hungry, premadonna truly handles himself. Now all the asinine LeBron haters can sit back and really criticize a player who deserves it. So much crap for 2 years because of a stupid “decision”. Howard holds multiple teams hostage, tries to dictate all the terms and even gets his coach and G.M. fired. Can everyone finally come to an agreement that Howard is the biggest POS in the games right now? Can we completely move on from bashing LBJ?

  2. tomtravis76 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Why would you not trade him? The Nets offered first rounders, plus some players and were going to take on bad salary.

    Howard should just finish out the contract and head to Brooklyn at the end of the season. He told Orlando he was leaving, he gave them an opportunity to trade him, its Orlandos loss now for not getting anything. Sure they might get a couple second rounders at the trading deadline if a team seems to be in contention, but Howard is heading to NYC. The guy wants to live in the Big Apple, he is a young ,famous , rich man. Where would you like to be a star Orlando or NYC? Dwight will wait this out patiently and NYC will make everyone fall in love with him again.

    There is no loyalty in sports, so he doesn’t owe Orlando anything, he made them money, he made them popular again. When you have personal success for a team everyone thinks you should be loyal, but when you have a dropoff everyone thinks you should be on the first plane out of town. Why not be loyal to a guy until his career is over or through his entire contract. Why can a team trade a player at anytime, but when a player wants a change they are seen as evil people?

  3. mannyicey - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I think that Orlando would LOVE to trade Dwight Howard, but Dwight gave notice that he will only re-sign with the Nets. That’s it!

    That hamstrings the negotiations, because he gave the Nets all kinds of power. So I look at it as Dwight’s fault that he’s not gone. At least the Magic can get one more year out of the deal before he leaves.

    Oh, and if the Nets signed Brook Lopez to a Max contract and win with him, then why would they spend more money to get Howard? It will make no sense.

    If I were Howard and I wanted to leave to play somewhere big-time, I would have told the Lakers that he would sign a multi-year deal with them. Or Houston. Or Atlanta. But what GM would mortgage the future on a guy that can’t play a complete season to play half a year and move on?

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