Report: Dwight still wants trade
Orlando Magic centre Dwight Howard appears to have won the power struggle within the organization following the firing of head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith. By paving the obstacles that caused so much strife on and off the court throughout the 2011-12 season, the team would be free to re-sign their All-Star centre to a long-term deal.
Now it seems as though Howard wants out of Orlando, more than ever, despite outlasting those members of the organization that he clashed with, according to Sheridan Hoops.
Citing an unnamed source who has spoken to Howard, Sheridan Hoops suggests that Howard now wants to be traded from the Magic prior to the start of the 2012-13 season so that he can start a new chapter in his career.
If the Magic hope to have Howard help select the team's management group heading forward they will first need him to agree to an extension, as he will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2012-13 season.
Howard averaged 20.6 points per game and a career-high 14.5 rebounds per game in 54 games this season, prior to his season-ending back injury. The Magic finished the season with a 37-29 record, after recording at least 50 wins in each of the last four seasons.