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Dwight Howard Doubles Down On Brooklyn Nets, Denies 'Blackmail' Accusation

Dwight Howard told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday that he'll only sign a long-term contract with one team -- almost assuredly the Brooklyn Nets -- no matter where the Orlando Magic decide to trade him. The L.A. Lakers and Houston Rockets are reportedly looking to deal for Howard, who is a perennial All-NBA performer and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Howard also denies that he ever accused the Magic of blackmail, as reported by ESPN's Chris Broussard on Saturday. Broussard cited anonymous sources who said that Howard had sought players' union intervention to get his waiver of his early termination option -- the piece of paper he signed to forgo 2012 free agency back when everything was beautiful in Orlando in March -- dismissed.

Howard told Yahoo! that if the Magic trade him anywhere other than his one team (the Nets), he'll play out the 2012-13 season and sign with his chosen team at that point. That could affect his trade value, hurting the Magic's chances of getting a great return.

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