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Dwight Howard meets with Magic, reiterates trade demand

Jul 25, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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Orlando doesn’t like what they are being offered back in trade offers for six-time All Star Dwight Howard, the best center walking the planet.

So new general manager Rob Hennigan made a smart move, he flew out to Los Angeles where Howard is rehabbing his back injury to try and talk the center into staying in Orlando. Howard is good enough that it’s worth the effort. They met on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

How’d that go? Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM has good sources in the Howard camp and wrote this:

Howard was staunch in his stance and again made it clear to Hennigan that he has no desire to return to Orlando. He told the 30-year-old general manager that he would “never sign another contract with the Magic,” sources tell RealGM….

The scenarios Howard was open to during the meeting were: An immediate trade to the Lakers, a January trade to the Brooklyn Nets or a clean break at the end of the 2012-13 season. But he was clear that he would not return to the Magic, choosing to leave as a free agent after the season, sources told RealGM.

Well, Howard learned a lesson from the trade deadline and is being direct now. At least we have that.

But the Magic are not getting the offers they want. Here is a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

Orlando officials have repeatedly told people they want the kind of knockout package Denver received for Anthony, but will it present self?

Orlando’s problem is James Dolan doesn’t own the Lakers and isn’t there to overrule his GM and make a much larger offer than had been on the table.

The Lakers are smarter than that. It is no coincidence that on this same day, word leaked out of the Lakers that they have started some level of talks with Andrew Bynum and his agent about an extension or long-term deal with the team. That’s just good poker. Or negotiations. The Lakers don’t need this deal, their fallback is to have Bynum, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol all come to training camp, they are title contenders with that group.

So, we are back to square one. Orlando is looking for a deal it likes.

For the record, the Magic couldn’t give a crap where Howard wants to be traded, if the Rockets can offer the best deal as a rental he’s gone. (And that would put Howard in the awkward spot of having to play for the Rockets, become a free agent and start the circus all over again, creating another PR disaster.)

Can you imagine what a disaster it would be for Orlando to bring Howard into training camp this fall? But if they are insistent on a better offer, they may have to, because one is not about to materialize right now.

  1. canehouse - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Friendly reminder: MIAMI HEAT 2012 NBA CHAMPS!!!!

  2. mdpickles - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Dwight should get Glen Davis’ nickname. BIG BABY!

  3. mikey1977 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Can….We……Move….This….P.O.S….,Now please!

  4. mikey1977 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    I say let him walk if we can’t get true value for Diva….outside of Orlando there are literally two teams that can sign him out right…..neither are on his list so…..the last thing I’d do….is trade him to the Lakers….Sorry Laker fans….people keep saying the Magic have little leverage….but if Diva simply walks and isn’t traded, he loses a great deal more than the Magic.

  5. mikey1977 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    To amend part of my earlier post….upon further research only one team now has the cap space to sign him out right….both of which are not places he supposedly wants….

  6. mikey1977 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Okay…it’s early…one team outside of Orlando can currently sign him if he walks next year.and Diva won’t go there, because their roster is worse than ours…

    • gmsalpha - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      And all this time you’re unable to spell out which team(s).

  7. 13champlain - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Howard = Favre

  8. paulhargis53 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    For a guy that likes facts so much, you sure are full of crap.
    The lakers odds are no higher than 3rd best and on some sites at 4-6.

    What you posted was an outright lie.
    Odds do not mean anything, they are there to induce betting for and against. It’s fanboys line you who take it as solid gold.
    4th seed in the west, ousted by the Spurs or Thunder in the 2nd round.
    no bench=no deep run. You’ve been warned.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      No bench??? Are you crazy? Yea the bench didn’t play well last year, but they just signed Jamison, who is a quality player for coming off the bench. They signed Jordan hill who could be one of the best backup centers in the league. I know it’s not the best bench in the league, but you are the one full of crap thinking this team is not a title contender.

      Lakers have another year to learn what the hell Mike Brown wants to do on offense, they have continuity, and their young players (bynum, ebanks, goudelock, hill) are all getting better, now they just added steve nash and jamison. In my opinion they would have been able to beat the heat with their size mismatch last year, the Thunder had the size and beat the lakers in a close series, but now the lakers are so much better.

      • candidohernandez - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        I think Lakers are definitely a contender more than pretender but still see them as a three seed in west. OKC still better and on upswing still while Spurs are deep.

        Lakers improved their starting PG position and Jamison helps the bench along with more additions they will have before season but the Clippers got better and may be better. I keep Lakers above them out of respect.

        Lakers have a lot of problems that Lakers fans can’t or won’t admit.

      • candidohernandez - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Thunder are maturing and will only be better next year. Clippers have gotten better. Spurs young guys will be better. Lakers still have bench holes and with Bynum, Gasol will not be as effective as he cld be.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        I agree with your points but I still think lakers have all they need to win a championship, right now it’s about going out and playing, that’s all.

        It is also interesting how good the West is, and how all these teams got even better. Lakers, Thunder, Spurs, clippers are all looking better this year. Then even the grizzlies should be better now that they have randolph healthy. Plus the nuggets, it’s gonna be awesome next year.

  9. daniel10017 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I think we all kmow where this is headed: Some sort of arbitration from a grivence filing by the Magic.What Dwight must understand is that he is CONTRACTUALLY obligated to play for the Magic this upcoming year. It is within their legal rights that the Magic do not have to trade him. If Dwight doesn’t want to play for the Magic, fine then he can sit home and NOT GET PAID. If he is medically capable of playing then he owes the Magic his services. By the way what the Nets have always offered has always been garbage, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries? Pleeeease!. Those 2 can’t hold a jock strap.

    • duane888 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      The Magic may not like what the Nets’ are offering, but the reality is the longer they wait, the less they’ll receive in return for D12.

      • daniel10017 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Sometimes less is more, example Lebron walking out on the Cavs, they got nothing in return, yet they came out alright with the number 1 pick and should sniff the playoffs and build a core for years to come. Yes, you get a lot of players and draft picks back from the Nets but the picks are worthless since players in the 20-32 range stink anyway and you have two veterans who really don’t belong in the league (Lopez and Humphries). Whatever way you look at it, the Magic will lose 60 games the year after Dwight leaves, I’d rather gamble with a top 3 pick then taking scrubs who will lead you to mediocrity (which is worse in the NBA).

  10. paulhargis53 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hill and Jamison are you’re bench.
    You do realize you have to go more than 7 deep, don’t you.
    Kobe, Nash, Peace and,Gasol are not young anymore.
    They will be playing major minutes because the bench blows.
    Outside of Hill- who isn’t a “kid” and a soon to be 35 Jamison, there is nothing but garbage on the bench. You have been warned, its going to be so fun to point and laugh when I say I told you so next seasons playoffs.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Paul you are way off base, you are just finding a reason to hate on the lakers so you choose one weakness which really isn’t that weak. Two quality players on the bench is more than enough. Do you think that Nash, Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum will all be sitting at the same time?? More than likely, there will always be one or two of those guys on the court, mixed with bench players.

      I think devin ebanks has a lot of potential, and lakers might just add one more guy to the bench. How was Miami’s bench last year? Didn’t they win it all?

  11. jikkle49 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I’ll give the Magic credit for holding out for the best deal possible but they need to realize they don’t have a ton of leverage in these talks.

    Lakers and Nets so far are the only teams know he’s willing to resign for and the Rockets are the only ones willing to gamble and rent him.

    Nets are basically out of it.

    Lakers really want Howard but they aren’t in desperate need for him because they have Bynum so they are only going to be willing to give up so much for him.

    The Rockets aren’t going to give up the entire farm for a player they aren’t sure will be around for longer than a year.

    So take the best deal possible for him and be glad you’re going to get something for him than just letting him walk and get nothing.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I couldn’t disagree more. Where’s he going to “walk and the Magic get nothing”? Dallas? He doesn’t want to play for Dallas. Nets? Can’t. Lakers? Can’t. Sure, maybe the Hornets or Kings free up some space, but he isn’t going to play there.

      The Magic hold ALL THE CARDS here. They can get the same deal now that they can get next year. Howard can’t go anywhere next year unless he takes a chance and plays a year on an exception and do you really see him doing that? No chance in hell.

  12. jimeejohnson - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    If Howard had any balls he WOULD sit out and tell the rich bass-turds and their useful idiots to shove it! Play in China, make a ton of $, promote his own brand with the basketball crazy Chinese, and then come back and sign with the highest bidder, which as we all know will be one of those two New Yawk City teams. Dwight: you heard it here first! Maybe Yao Ming can tutor you.

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