As soon as the meeting with the Magic was over, Dwight Howard leaked all the info to his sources to make sure his side of the story got out first.
Smart on his part, here is what he had to say.
Howard was staunch in his stance and again made it clear to Hennigan that he has no desire to return to Orlando. He told the 30-year-old general manager that he would “never sign another contract with the Magic,” sources tell RealGM.
During the meeting, Howard informed Hennigan that he would be willing to re-sign with the Lakers at the end of the 12-13 season if the two teams were able to complete a trade.
The scenarios Howard was open to during the meeting were: An immediate trade to the Lakers, a January trade to the Brooklyn Nets or a clean break at the end of the 2012-13 season. But he was clear that he would not return to the Magic, choosing to leave as a free agent after the season, sources told RealGM.
The Magic have to move on.
They aren’t going to get the perfect trade, it just isn’t going to happen. Get what they can and start over.