Dwight Howard still wants to part ways with the Orlando Magic
Thus the Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, who has witnessed the drama for all but 20 days since he joined the organization, judged that he would give a shot at starting afresh with Dwight Howard. Reportedly just hours after the deal with the Brooklyn Nets collapsed, Rob Hennigan called Dwight Howard and tried to convince him into remaining with the Orlando Magic.
Rob Hennigan’s argument was based around his disassociation with the previous Orlando Magic’s administration and having no part in Dwight Howard’s previous disgruntlement with the franchise. Even Orlando Magic president Alex Smith was on the call. But Dwight Howard reportedly shot down the proposal citing that a similar offer by Alex Smith had proved fruitless last year.
Last season, Dwight Howards faced a lack of commitment towards the Orlando Magic and was a constant distraction for the team. This offseason Dwight Howard reiterated his demand for a trade and for the first time publically cited his desire to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Judging to build on better assets in return for a trade for the disgruntled player, the Orlando Magic entered a sign-and-trade negotiation for Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets were willing to four future first-round draft picks, Brook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries and 3 million, in the sign-and-trade deal for Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon. However, the Orlando magic expressed no interest in Kris Humphries and also wanted to dump Quentin Richardson’s massive contract on the Brooklyn Nets.
When the Brooklyn Nets failed to find a third team to facilitate in the Dwight Howard trade by taking on Kris Humphries, the deal appeared all but done for.
Furthermore, the Brooklyn Nets were being pressed by Brook Lopez’s agent to quickly arrive at a contract with the player while the team was still in the dark about the Orlando Magic’s next move regarding Dwight Howard. Brook Lope, who was the centerpiece of the trade, had been two offer sheets on the table and the Brooklyn Nets almost lost the center to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Brooklyn Nets extended Brook Lopez’s contract reportedly by signing him to a four-year contract worth $60 million.
For now, a trade opportunity with the Brooklyn Nets appears to have all but disappeared and maybe Rob Hennigan will have better luck finding other options for Dwight Howard.