Dwight Howard Officially Blew His Chance of Landing in Brooklyn
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According to Marc Stein and Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets have officially agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Hawks for shooting guard Joe Johnson.
Stein and Broussard report that one source stated, "They didn't want to dance with us. Dwight blew it in March (when he opted in to the final year of his current Magic contract)."
Howard had received a lot of criticism over the last year for the circus that he put Orlando through in terms of what he truly desired. Although it does seem that Howard was attempting to avoid a situation similar to Lebron James' decision if he chose to leave the Orlando Magic, he failed in an epic manner and has become one of the more disliked players in the league.
Howard even told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that he would only re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets and would refuse to sign an extension with any other team. It appears that Howard was a little too late in making this demand, as the Nets have moved on from the dream of acquiring arguably the best center in the league. Many thought that Howard would be dealt in the upcoming weeks and that Orlando would most likely be moving him to his desired location.
The Orlando Magic will still be searching for a team to deal Howard to, as they have grown tired of his antics and his desire to force them into his dream situation. Therefore it is likely they will simply trade Howard to any team that offers them the best package and Howard will have to wait until next summer to decide on a location of his choice.
He not only destroyed his chances of landing in the city he desired, but now he has greatly hurt his value and the Magic will likely have to trade him for a package that will reflect the likelihood of Howard being a one-year rental.
It will be an interesting next few weeks and it seems that Howard will have to find a new star to attempt to align himself with to win a championship. He tried to take the route of not hurting anyone's feelings in leaving Orlando, but it has played out that he held the city of Orlando hostage and will likely end up playing for a team he has no desire to be on.
All less-than-satisfied stars should take a lesson from Dwight's situation and avoid following his footsteps at all costs.
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