ORLANDO FL - FEBRUARY 08: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts to a foul during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Amway Arena on February 8 2011 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
With new controversy swirling around Dwight Howard, the Magic have become serious in their efforts to trade their All-Star center, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. "The Orlando Magic have begun to seriously consider offers to accommodate Dwight Howard’s desire to be traded," Woj reports. Howard's preferred destination remains Brooklyn.
Following a meeting with Howard in Los Angeles on Friday, new Orlando GM Rob Hennigan called GMs on Saturday asking for their best offers. "Howard and his agent, Dan Fegan, have repeatedly told the Magic in recent weeks that Howard wants to be moved, and that his preferred destination of the Brooklyn Nets hasn’t changed," Woj added.
Earlier last week, Howard or his representatives met with the Players Association in hopes of getting the NBPA to either institute legal action on his behalf or join him, claiming the Magic "blackmailed" him into signing his ETO and opting to stay in Orlando. Ric Bucher reports that the association is considering such action. The NPBA could seek arbitration under the CBA. Few believe such an arbitration would succeed but just the prospect of such action could further pressure the Magic.
Chris Broussard reports that after undergoing surgery on his back in April, Howard asked then-Magic GM Otis Smith to trade him to the Nets, quoting sources. Smith said he would seek a trade, but the Magic fired Smith shortly after the season ended.
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- Magic will listen to trade offers for Dwight Howard - Josh Robbins - Orlando Sentinel
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