Dwight Howard Speaks: “I’ll Only Re-Sign With One Team if Traded”
The one thing I simply can not understand.
If Dwight Howard wanted to play for the Nets why did he sign the extension with Magic? Quite possibly the dumbest decision in the history of the NBA (the loyalty press conference didn’t help).
Here is what Dwight had to say.
As the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and other teams prepare possible trade offers for him, Howard told Yahoo! by phone that, “There’s only one team on my list and if I don’t get traded there, I’ll play the season out and explore my free agency after that.”
Howard wouldn’t specify the team, but multiple league sources believe that it is the Brooklyn Nets.
Howard also denied an ESPN report that he had told people Orlando Magic officials had “blackmailed” him into forgoing the early termination option on his contract that ultimately cost him his free agency this summer.
“I never used the word blackmail in reference to any of my dealings with the Magic,” Howard said. “I never said that. It’s defamatory and it’s inaccurate. I know what blackmail means and any report that I used the term incorrectly is inaccurate.”
Howard didn’t deny going to the player’s union trying to seek legal action to make himself into a free agent. If he didn’t believe the Magic “blackmailed” him what exactly did he think his case was against them?
Howard goes on to blame the media for his problems.
“I’m tired of reporters using ‘sources’ to print inaccurate and defamatory stories about me,” said Howard. “It is past time for these reporters to quote their sources. Especially since what is being printed is not true and damages my reputation every day.”
If I am the Magic I take the best possible offer and get rid of him. Let him be someone else problem.