Dwight Howard Avoided Trade to Lakers by Signing with Magic

Dwight Howard Avoided Trade to Lakers by Signing with Magic


The one big-name that was talked about more than any during this shortened NBA season in terms of potentially being trade before the NBA trade deadline was Dwight Howard. With Howard showing his discontent with the Orlando Magic and wanting to play in the bigger market, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year made it known that he wanted to be traded elsewhere before the deadline.

Despite numerous reports of a potential trade happening which would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers or the New Jersey Nets, no deal was ever completed with Howard deciding last-minute to stay with the Orlando Magic for at least one more season. After waiving his opt-clause in his current contract with the Magic, GM Otis Smith and whichever coach replaces Stan Van Gundy (if he doesn’t return) will have to deal with this fiasco all over again if the franchise can’t bring in better talent to surround the league’s best center.

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Interestingly enough, news has surfaced that Howard didn’t want to get traded to Los Angeles and therefore decided to stay in Orlando with New Jersey unable to come up with a better package than the Lakers were offering via Fred Kerber of NYPost.com:

According to league sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Orlando brass got fed up with Howard’s yes-no-maybe posturing and threatened to trade him to the Lakers, not his desired location (the Nets), if he did not sign an agreement to waive the opt-out clause for the final season of his contract. Howard eventually signed the papers, but only after he was told “he would be a Laker by the end of the day,” according to one source.

Orlando played its trump card. Sources for months maintained Howard wanted no part of the Lakers, that he did not want to follow the legacy of Shaquille O’Neal. Orlando leaders had one other reason for the threat: They favored the Lakers’ package of Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks and Steve Blake over the Nets’ offer.

So it appears that Dwight Howard was on the verge of heading to the City of Angels right before the NBA trade deadline and chose to take a different route by staying with the Orlando Magic. This is interesting to say the least as it shows just how much Howard didn’t want to follow in Shaquille O’Neal’s footsteps or play alongside Kobe Bryant.

Even though all the trade talk and speculation has disappeared after the NBA trade deadline came and went, I’ll bet things will start to heat up once again in Orlando this summer; especially if the Magic get bounced early in the playoffs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528462404 Kobe Hollister Vora

    Shulda came to Lakers -____________-

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-St-John/1052651447 Matt St. John

       No. No he shouldn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.matsumura Kevin Matsumura

    he has a grudge with the lakers? we know shaq spend 8 great years with us becuz he signed as a free agent. we don’t need him anyway how bynum has been playing.

  • Albert H

    Bynum needs to grow the heck up!! But he’s nothing compared to Howard! What a spoiled little clown that douchebag turned out to be. Howard is a better center than Bynum but Bynum is ballin and not crying like that wuss! Lakers for life!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.cayabyab Noel Cayabyab

    We don’t need he’s crying azz…all we need is a good Dfender n a deeper bench…man, i wish we still got Lamar…Y da Nets? not a playoff team, yes they are moving to Brooklyn but if u ain’t making the playoff, U ain’t sh!t

  • JohnSmith00

    Wow can you imagine how great this would have been for the Lakers had Howard not let Kobe and Shaq get into his head. They might have assembled a championship caliber team that would have been truly terrifying to opposing teams, had they also pulled off the Beasley trade too it would have looked something like this:

    Ramon Session – PG
    Kobe Bryant – SG
    Michael Beasley – SF
    Pau Gasol – PF
    Dwight Howard – C

    Sure the bench would still be out of sorts but they would still have some key pieces in, Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, Josh McRoberts, and Troy Murphy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000132406013 Michael Ociones

    Remember what he said on one of he’s interview. He used to be the go to guy in the court just like in Magic. He probably know that if he’s traded to the lakers he’s got to stay behind the of kobe. just my opinion. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jorge-Lopez/100001405826934 Jorge Lopez

    I’m so happy that we kept Bynum because I think in my opinion he is a better center overall maybe not as many rebounds that he grabs as much as Howard but in my opinion he is a better overall center