The NBA trade rumors during the 2012 offseason have been heavily focused on center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. He initially wanted to play for the Brooklyn Nets, but with that deal out of the question, he opened up some other possibilities. However, a recent report questions why any team would bother trying to make a trade for him right now.
Among the recent D-Howard trade rumors were even a wild speculation that the Oklahoma City Thunder would acquire him. While that one seems out of the question right now, the fact that Howard could realistically be signed by any team willing to pay him (and put up with him) in the future, is not. Among the teams he said he'd play for in terms of a trade deal are currently the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
However, Dwight Howard would become a free agent after this upcoming season, and according to a quote in a Bleacher Report article, he would not be inclined to stay with a team that traded for him. BR reports:
"He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn."
With that in mind, Howard could simply be traded to a team, spend a season there, and then be off for his next destination. Basically, he wants out of Orlando and is hoping some team will offer enough in exchange for him. Oh, and by the way, that team has to be the Lakers or Mavericks right now, until Brooklyn can possibly sign him, later.
When it comes down to it, Dwight Howard has epitomized what many sports fans hate about the way some athletes abuse their negotiations. Howard has basically acted in a ridiculous manner, alienating himself from his current team (and probably management), while trying to find a place he wants to play. He should actually thank his lucky stars he was drafted by Orlando at the #1 spot in the NBA draft, rather than the Charlotte Bobcats at #2.
Which team do you think Dwight Howard will end up on for the 2013-14 season, after the dust settles in all this trade and free agency gossip?
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