Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard Asks Royce Reed For $500 Million

Teddy MitrosilisAnalyst ISeptember 16, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 28:  Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic looks on against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard has asked Royce Reed, the mother of his son, for $500 million, TMZ reported Thursday.

According to the report, the Orlando Magic’s center filed legal documents asking to be compensated for Reed violating a gag order that was supposed to prevent her from speaking to the media about their “personal situation.”

Reed, who appeared on VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” allegedly leaked information to the media 11 times since the 2009 gag order.

In the documents Howard filed, he declared that if the “information” reached more than one million people, then the damages should exceed a little more than $500 million.

According to the documents, this was agreed upon between Howard and Reed.

Reed’s representatives, according to TMZ, deny that Reed leaked any information, and instead say that any information leaked came from other legal documents and thus was not part of the agreement between Howard and Reed.

What exactly Reed leaked to the media, if anything, remains unclear.

The couple’s “personal situation,” is also unclear, as neither of them has commented on the issue.

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Howard has only asked for his money, and Reed hasn’t had a response.

It’s much too early to know what exactly is going on here with Howard, because nobody has said much at this point.

In that sense, it isn’t yet a story.

But it will become a story if this evolves into a full-fledged legal battle as the NBA season nears.

With Howard anchoring an Orlando Magic team that’s looking to get back to the NBA Finals after missing out last season, this could become a major distraction for Howard and his teammates. 

How will spending the day speaking with lawyers affect Howard’s play at night?

That remains to be seen if the it comes to that.

Orlando opens its season on Oct. 28 at home against the Washington Wizards.