Dwight Howard asking to be traded to the Nets

Remember when we all thought the Dwight Howard nonsense was over? Yeah, not so much...

7/1/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard claps from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIREWhen Dwight Howard waived the early termination clause in his contract, we all assumed that he was committing to stay in Orlando for a while. At least through the end of next season, since that's what he was locking himself into.

It turns out that he actually DOESN'T want to stay in Orlando, and actually wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, of all places.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan met with him yesterday and listened to Howard as he made his case. He did not, however, give Howard any indication that he would actually follow through with his request.

In case you're wondering why Howard would pass up the chance to be a free agent this offseason, only to request a trade a few months later, he says it's because the Magic blackmailed him into staying.

There aren't any details of the alleged blackmail yet, but it should be interesting to see how Howard spins this, especially since he has expressed a desire to take legal action against the team.

Bottom line: If Dwight didn't want to stay in Orlando, he should have taken the opportunity to become a free agent when he had the chance. It was his choice to waive his opt-out clause, and that's the only reason he's not a free agent right now.

We'll see how it shakes out, but it's pretty clear that Howard looks like an idiot here.

Call me crazy, but I don't think these shirts will be flying off the shelves:
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7/1/12   |   Scott   |   54618 respect

Move over Lebron, Dwight Howard is hell bent on becoming the NBA's most hated player