It was inevitable at some point, but Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed Dwight Howard has asked for a trade. On Friday, Howard was given permission to speak to the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks as he began to seek a trade. It's unclear how far along those talks are, or if any of the three teams will be a destination as the Magic figure out what to do with Howard.
However, Howard requesting a trade doesn't mean he's free to control his own destination, nor does it mean the Magic will cease exploring options to keep him, Smith said.
Smith emphasized that the Magic want to keep Howard long-term, and he added that Howard and his camp haven’t told the team that he definitely will not remain with the franchise. Indeed, Smith repeated what Magic officials have said for days: that the team will make every effort to keep the All-NBA First Team center.