Just when we thought the Dwight Howard drama couldn't get any worse, it already has. According to Chris Sheridan, the volatile All-Star center has continued to demand a trade even after team management fired coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith.
Keep in mind, this is a couple of months after Howard opted in for next season following a stormy trade deadline week in which his name popped up quite a bit.
That said, if what Sheridan says is true, it's obvious that the Magic are going to receive a myriad number of calls and offers for Howard. The man is a perennial All-Star with great size and has been named Defensive Player of the Year three times.
Still, teams interested in the one they call "D12" should shy away from him, and quickly. Here are five squads that should really take that advice to heart.
The Bulls are already a highly talented team whose early exit from this year's postseason was a fluke, thanks to Derrick Rose's torn ACL. In fact, they have already pursued a deal with Orlando regarding Howard.
Though Howard playing in the Windy City has the potential to turn the Bulls into Lob City Part II, it isn't worth the price GM Gar Forman would pay.
Acquiring the six-time All Star would probably cost Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, possibly Carlos Boozer and definitely some draft picks.
Given Howard's attitude over the past year, the Bulls would go from a team so close to glory to one merely average.
The Mavs entered the season as the defending NBA champions, but they certainly did not play as such this year.
Injuries and a gaping hole at center caused the team to stumble to finishing seventh in the Western Conference and a first-round sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Clearly, the loss of Tyson Chandler was felt.
While Howard could certainly be a good fit in Dallas, he would constantly be the second banana. The Mavs have been Dirk Nowitzki's team for over a decade and given the volatile nature of owner Mark Cuban, Howard's self-centered personality in the Lone Star State would be a train wreck waiting to happen.
Though the Lakers have explored trading for Howard before, it is the last thing they should do. The crazy part is that how much Howard would cost (Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, tons of draft picks) isn't the reason GM Mitch Kupchak shouldn't pull the trigger.
Send him there, and the Lakers would have a feud on their hands that makes Hatfield vs. McCoy look like My Little Pony.
Still, as much as Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (pictured) may want Howard on his team, pursuing him carries a big risk. '
You see, if the Nets are to acquire Howard, they first need to sign star point guard and impending free agent Deron Williams to an extension. Should that venture fail and they still acquire Howard, they'll essentially be an expansion team with one star.
Given how one of the reasons Howard wants out of Orlando is the lack of a supporting cast, going to Brooklyn could prove to be the equivalent of running on a treadmill: there's one goal in mind, but you're still stuck in one place.
Given how he is the reason the team has consistently made the playoffs the past few years, it's no wonder that Orlando management wants to retain Howard.
Still, no matter how great their efforts may be to sign him to an extension, their efforts will prove futile. It's becoming obvious that he just doesn't want to play there.
Even if they are able to come to terms on a new contract, the man just isn't worth the headache anymore. This season, he proved to have a completely unpredictable attitude and a sense of entitlement.
The last thing this team needs is to extend him, only to deal with him whining and wanting out a year or so later and becoming a bad contract.
Given all of that, I have a message for the Magic front office: deal Howard...NOW.