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Dwight Howard Claims He Was Blackmailed, Wants Trade

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, according to a report from ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. The All-Star big man met with new Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan for the first time on Friday in Los Angeles.

Howard picked up the option for the final year of his contract in mid-March, but now says he feels the Magic "blackmailed" him into signing the "opt-in" clause. Per Broussard:

Howard shared his feelings of being blackmailed by the Magic with the NBA Players Association last week, sources said. He -- either himself or through his representatives -- approached the union wondering if he might have a legal complaint against the club.

According to the report, the complaint would mean eliminating the "opt-in" clause and allow him to become a free agent this summer

For more on the Orlando Magic and the Dwight Howard drama, head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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