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Dwight Howard Does Not Expect For Magic to Trade Him, Knicks Out of the Picture
The Dwight-Out conversations still seem to be ongoing even with the Magic winning at the moment with a record of 6-3. In 1996 the Magic allowed Shaquille O’Neal to walk away as a free agent with getting nothing in return. Hopefully, that is not the same route Orlando decided to take with Dwight Howard.
In interview with the Magic center after a a victory over the Kings, according to Dwight Howard,he does not believe the Magic will trade him before the NBA’s deadline:
“I don’t think they are going to do anything right now because we’re winning,” Howard said after a 104-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings improved the Magic’s record to 6-3. “Even if this is the last season, let’s go out hard, regardless.”
When asked if he expects Orlando to trade him by the NBA’s March 15 deadline, Howard said: “I don’t think so.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Otis Smith confirmed Howard has not taken his trade request off the table and that Howard’s agent still has permission to speak with three, and only three, teams: the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.
While Howard’s agent only has permission to speak with the 3 teams listed above, rumors have surfaced of a possible trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Knicks in exchange for Amare Stoudemire. However, seems unlikely that the Magic are willing to make that deal.
Howard reiterated to the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday that his goal is to play in a large market and has identified the Lakers, Mavs and soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets as prospects. The Knicks would make sense except for the fact that it is unlikely the Magic would do a deal for Stoudemire, an Orlando native, because his contract is not insured.
“Amar’e is an unbelievable player but his name hasn’t come up,” said one Orlando official.
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