NBA Rumors: Dwight Howard Reportedly Regrets Opting in with Magic, Seeks Trade

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2012

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There is no bigger flip-flopper in the NBA than Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, and it looks like he has once again changed his mind.

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Howard is now regretful that he opted into the final year of his contract with the Magic and wants to be traded immediately.

The report talks about where Howard’s ever-changing emotions are right now:

Howard regrets forgoing his early termination option on his 2012-13 contract, sources said, and wants a trade before next season. Nevertheless, the Nets become far less appealing should Williams leave in July as a free agent, so Howard's camp is applying pressure on Orlando to expedite a deal once it hires a new general manager.

Wow. I thought managers and agents were supposed to avoid this kind of mess.

This is arguably the biggest contract nightmare I have ever seen, not only in the NBA, but in all of sports. Both Howard and the Orlando organization should be ashamed of themselves because of the way they have handled this.

Let’s not forget that head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith were both let go during this process, most likely to keep Howard happy.

Now that everyone has been reprimanded, it’s time to look forward and find a way to please all parties involved. That’s where the Brooklyn Nets come in.

With the desire to land a huge name like Dwight Howard to not only put people in the new seats of their Brooklyn home, but to also keep current star point guard Deron Williams happy, the Nets will give Orlando anything it wants to get the All-Star center.

The Magic will never get a talent of the same caliber as Howard in return, but what they can get is plenty of picks over the next few seasons. The organization can also wash its hands of the mess that was the fall of Dwight Howard in Orlando.

At this point, there are so many hard feelings from both sides that just moving Howard fast and beginning the rebuilding process immediately is what the Magic must do.


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