Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, and he wants out now. Howard met with GM Rob Hennigan on Friday to discuss his intentions with the team and demanded a trade.
Last season Howard waived his early termination clause that leaves him in Orlando this year, simply so we could do the whole “will he? won’t he?” all over again.
The Magic, still without a head coach will have to decide which team will offers the best deal for Howard. Yes, it would be hunky dory if the Nets and Magic were to reach a deal and both sides get what they want. However, the whole situation has reached a point where the happiness of Howard shouldn’t be a priority. Hennigan didn’t draft Howard and he doesn’t have any connection to the center outside of the meeting on Friday.
Howard WANTS Brooklyn, but Magic NEED the best pieces they can get for him. Howard won’t re-sign with any team that is not named the Brooklyn Nets but for the Magic, this is a rebuilding stage in the franchise’s history, and they need to think what is best for the team as opposed to the happiness of Dwight Howard.
The Dwight Howard saga has been pretty messy for nearly a year now and perhaps got a little messier on Saturday. Howard has recently gone to the NBA Players’ Association and filed a grievance that Orlando blackmailed him into remaining with the team at March’s trade deadline. Howard approached the union with hopes of being able to opt back out of his contract. The Players’ Association however, insists that they will not go forward with legal action against the Magic.
Howard averaged 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks-per-game a year ago. Howard is also a six-time NBA All-Star and won three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards prior to last season.
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