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Dwight Howard Maintains Trade Demand After Meeting With Magic's Rob Hennigan

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard continues to demand a trade from new general manager Rob Hennigan after both sides met on Wednesday. After weeks of rampant trade rumors, Hennigan reportedly planned to make one final pitch to Howard, trying to persuade him that the new regime in town could create a suitable environment for the franchise center to sign on for the long term. But according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, Hennigan's pitch fell on deaf ears:

Howard insisted that he would leave as a free agent next offseason if Hennigan decided to keep him on board for the 2012-13 season. Via Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM:

This will likely re-ignite the trade speculation and reports, but Hennigan continues to be deliberate and wait for a blockbuster package that will make trading such an impact player even worth considering.

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