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Dwight Howard Trade Request Comes As Relationship With Otis Smith Deteriorates

Dwight Howard requested a trade this weekend and the process of finding a workable deal has been unfolding since. But Howard also felt the need to explain himself on Sunday, sitting down with ESPN's Brian Windhorst to clear the air about his time with the Magic. Howard's chief complaint, it seems, is Magic general manager Otis Smith's inability to pull-off personnel moves he requested.

Howard told ESPN he went to Smith numerous times with trade ideas and other personnel requests he felt would strength the team, but the moves never came to fruiting. But, Howard maintains, he doesn't want to be a general manager.

"I'm not a GM, I never said I wanted to be a GM," Howard said.

"What I said was I want to be involved. Everybody has a right to be involved. ... I should want to be involved. I should want to say 'hey, this is what we need, this is what we need to do.' If I didn't care, I wouldn't have said anything. Obviously I care enough about this team that I've asked them and I want to be involved. If you don't like something, you'd just walk away. If you want to be involved you'd do anything you can. If you don't get it, what do you do?"

Howard and Smith haven't talked since last Tuesday, before a trade was demanded.

Keep tabs on the Dwight saga in this StoryStream and at the wonderful Orlando Pinstriped Post.