Without specifying that he wants to join Deron Williams on the Nets, Dwight Howard told the Orlando media Saturday night that he had indeed asked for a trade from the Magic, saying a number of factors played into his decision that reportedly was relayed to GM Otis Smith as early as Monday.
In a series of tweets from the 30-minute press conference, Josh Robbins of the Sentinel and David Baumann of Central Florida News 13 relayed Howard's comments.
--"Howard says it really "hurts" him that people are so upset with his decision."
--"'Just because I've asked to be traded doesn't mean I don't like where I'm at'."
--"Howard says a lot of factors played a role w/his choice, but he also wanted a 'voice' in team decisions".
--"Howard forgives anyone who has called him names or been mean to him over his decision".
--"If you hate me because of my jersey, then you never really loved me."
He acknowledged something happened this summer to push him in this direction, but wouldn't divulge it.
Dwight said he met with CEO Alex Martins tSaturday where both sides presented their views. Both sides agreed to help each other out in the process. Brian Schmitz, long-time basketball writer for the Sentinel, reported that Magic are shopping Howard beyond just the teams of his choice. The question, of course, is whether he would agree to an extension with any team other than the Nets.
- Dwight Howard: I know a lot of people are going to be upset - David Baumann & Mark Jenkins - Central Florida News 13
- Magic: Dwight Howard Requests Trade - WESH
Dwight Howard talks trade request, 'love' for Orlando - AP
- MAGIC VIDEO: Part 1: Howard Talks About Trade Request - Orlando Magic
- MAGIC VIDEO: Otis Discusses Dwight's Trade Request - Orlando Magic
Magic and fans could be in for a wild ride with Dwight Howard - Brian Schmitz - Orlando Sentinel