Despite his preferred team, the Brooklyn Nets, no longer being a viable trade destination, Dwight Howard still has no interest in staying with the Magic, according to reports from ESPN's Ric Bucher and HoopsWorld.com's Alex Kennedy. Howard reportedly had a call with general manager Rob Hennigan and team president Alex Martins, during which he was asked to reconsider his trade request. He instead reiterated his desire to leave.
The only questions that remain are to whom Howard will be traded, for whom, and when, according to the Orlando Sentinel's Brian K. Schmitz. Kennedy tweeted "The relationship between Dwight Howard and the Magic is irreparable... Also the sky is blue."
The Magic were hoping that the right head coach and roster additions could keep Dwight Howard in Orlando. Nope.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 12, 2012
The Nets can't trade center Brook Lopez until Jan. 15 after they reportedly signed him to a four-year, $61 million deal this week. If the Nets are still the play — and if they Magic want the best package in return, they shouldn't be — it will have to be a midseason deal to send Howard there. Schmitz said chances are, after this meeting, Howard will be in another uniform by training camp, be it for the Lakers, Rockets or another mystery suitor.
For continuing updates on the Dwight Howard saga, visit Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.