Dwight Howard Rumors: Magic Nearly Traded Howard To Lakers, According To Report

A report out of the New York Post says that the Magic star was almost traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline.

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Dwight Howard Rumors: Magic Nearly Traded Howard To Lakers, According To Report

Did the current star of the Orlando Magic almost pull a Shaquille O'Neal and become a member of the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline? If we're to believe an article published in the New York Post by Fred Kerber, Dwight Howard was almost traded to the Lakers rather than being traded to the Nets.

According to league sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Orlando brass got fed up with Howard's yes-no-maybe posturing and threatened to trade him to the Lakers, not his desired location, if he did not sign an agreement to waive the opt-out clause for the final season of his contract. Howard eventually signed the papers, but only after he was told "he would be a Laker by the end of the day," according to one source.

Howard still remains a part of the Magic team but it looks as though that this report could officially erode any amount of respect Magic fans still have for the former No. 1 overall draft pick. Howard is a great player, but this news that has come out the last couple of days does not look good for him.

For more on the Orlando Magic and potential trades at the NBA deadline, visit SB Nation’s Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Howard Signs Waiver To Stay In Orlando For 2012-13

It appears that Dwight Howard has officially signed away his opt-out clause for his contract and will be staying with the Orlando Magic for the 2012-13 season, according to ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard.

If this is indeed true, the Magic have just put themselves as a contender for the NBA championship this season. It does raise the question now about what is going to go on next year around this time when Howard's contract officially ends.

Whats even more surprising is the fact that this waiver will go through without the signature of Howard's agent Dan Fegan.

One can wonder now what the relationship between agent and player will be after this situation.

For more on the Orlando Magic and potential trades at the NBA deadline, visit SB Nation’s Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Howard Tells Magic He Will Stay With Team Next Season, According To Report

It appears as though Dwight Howard may be officially off the trade market this season. According to a report, he has told the Magic he will not opt-out of his contract and will stay in Orlando for the 2012-13 season.

Howard must submit the paperwork to make his decision official. If he does, he will be with the Magic through the 2012-13 year. While it appeared that Howard was the big fish before NBA the trade deadline, if this report is true, it looks as though trade speculation just got a bit more boring just a day before the deadline.

For more on the Orlando Magic and potential trades at the NBA deadline, visit SB Nation'sMagic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post. For all your NBA trade news, be sure to follow SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Dwight Howard Wants To Stay With The Magic For The Rest Of The Season

After pouring in 24 points and 25 rebounds to help power the Magic to an overtime victory in what could be his last home game in Amway Center, Dwight Howard told reporters that he has requested to not be traded this season, and would rather get a chance to finish the season and compete to bring the Larry O'Brien trophy to Orlando. Howard, however, would not answer questions relating to whether he planned on staying with the Magic after the season.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Magic Star Determined To Join Nets In Summer, According To Report

Has Dwight Howard been setting up an exit to the New Jersey Nets this whole time? According to Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski, he has. All the talk that he could be swayed to stay in Orlando if the Magic get a stronger cast around him is what Wojnarowski calls a "misdirection play on his eventual signing with the Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets, according to league sources."

This is the first time we've heard with any sort of confidence on what team Howard desires to go to. Also whats interesting in this article is what is written about Magic GM Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Magic general manager Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy have known Howard the longest. They know he will leave them and they want a deal done prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. The gulf between Martins and his basketball operations staff has become vast, full of mistrust and animosity. "Otis and Stan want the circus to end," one source close to them said. "They want a deal."

Whether a deal is made before the trade deadline remains to be seen. But with this news coming from league sources, the logic here should be to trade Howard for whatever you can get for him.

For more news on NBA Trade Rumors leading up to the deadline, keep it to this StoryStream. For more on the Magic, check out the SB Nation blog Orlando Pinstripe Post.

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