Orlando Magic shopping Dwight Howard to several teams
Superstar center wants to be traded to Brooklyn Nets
The Orlando Magic have discussed Dwight Howard trade possibilities with several teams, sources told Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore.
The Magic have talked to the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia Sixers, said Pingalore, who added that a combination of the teams could be part of a multi-team trade involving other players.
Pingalore has also learned that the Magic are ready to deal Howard sooner than later, and, according to sources, the Magic are "fed up with the antics of Howard."
A person very close to the situation who did not want to be identified said, "This nonsense is a direct result of Howard not listening to his representation." The source added, "If Howard would of stayed the course before the trade deadline and took a trade, good people in the Magic organization would still be employed."
Howard has requested to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, a move confirmed Monday by new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.
Hennigan met with Howard in a face-to-face meeting last week, and the GM said that Howard singling out one team complicates any potential trade scenarios.
Hennigan said he has not committed to honoring the trade demand and said he will keep communication lines open between both the All-Star and his agent.
Hennigan says Howard never claimed in the meeting in California that the Magic blackmailed him to give up the early termination clause in his current deal.
Howard first asked to be traded last season, then opted-in for 2012-2013 -- forgoing becoming a free agent this summer.
Hennigan says Howard is "progressing well" after back surgery.
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