Dwight Howard has asked to be traded. Again. Threatens lawsuit.
Day 1 of free agency and the hottest name on the market will be Dwight Howard. Who just happens to be under contract. New Orlando Magic General Manager and Dwight Howard met face to face on Friday in Southern California at which point Dwight informed Hennigan that he still wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
According to the report by ESPN, Dwight believes he was “blackmailed” into signing his extension and never actually rescinded his trade request. A thought that was always believed, but never fully announced by Dwight publicly.
“Howard picked up the option for the final year of his contract with Orlando on March 15. But since then he has grown increasingly disgruntled with the organization, even telling people close to him that he feels the Magic “blackmailed” him into signing the “opt-in” clause. Howard feels the Magic made promises that have not been kept to get him to sign.
Howard shared his feelings of being blackmailed by the Magic with the NBA Players Association last week, sources said. He — either himself or through his representatives — approached the union wondering if he might have a legal complaint against the club.” – Chris Broussard of ESPN
Shortly after the ESPN report was announced (see: planted by Dan Fegan and Dwight’s camp), a separate report was issued by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that says the Magic are moving forward with weighing trade options for Dwight.
“The Magic reached out to teams Saturday and told them that they’ll discuss proposals about moving Howard, sources said.” – Wojnarowski
It’s doubtful that Brooklyn would be able to offer a strong enough package on their own unless there are multiple teams involved. Another Woj report has shown the Nets are actively in trade discussions with other teams, including the Hawks for Joe Johnson ,the Rockets for Luis Scola as well as free agents like OJ Mayo.
The saga continues.