|Dwight Howard Feels Blackmailed, Asks For A Trade|
Dwight Howard feels blackmailed by the Orlando Magic and says he wants out. Again. As the seemingly endless saga continues, Howard has allegedly requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets according to an ESPN report. Howard claims he has never rescinded his trade request, despite much public flip-flopping, but the Nets pursuit of the Atlanta Hawks may complicate matters. Johnson is set to earn $90 million over the next four-years, hindering any potential move for Howard.
Now that he has placed himself back on the market, the Nets are likely to chase the All-Star center.
Dwight Howard met with new Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Friday and told him he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Howard and Hennigan sat down face to face in Los Angeles, meeting for the first time since Hennigan became Orlando's GM nearly two weeks ago.
Hennigan was noncommittal when Howard told him he wants to be traded to Brooklyn, sources said.
Hennigan did not tell Howard whether he would trade him. His intentions were merely to hear the thoughts of the Magic superstar.
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.
The goal of such a complaint would be to eliminate his "opt-in," thereby allowing Howard to become a free agent this summer.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 July 2012 12:54 )|