The Dwight Howard/Orlando Magic saga continues. With trade talks starting, the NBA superstar reportedly requested a trade on Friday (June 29).
According to ESPN.com, Howard met with new Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan and told him he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
Word is, Hennigan has not revealed whether or not he will trade the Magic star, but met with him face-to-face in Los Angeles two weeks ago just to hear what he had to say.
As of press time, ESPN experts say they expect to see a trade, but it will not be rushed. Instead, all options will be considered before a decision is made.
Howard picked up the option for the final year of his contract with Orlando back in March, when he signed off on waiver that barred him from opting out this off-season. However, since then, he’s grown more and more disgruntled, even telling people close to him that he feels the Magic blackmailed him into signing the “opt-in” clause.
ESPN reports that Howard went to the NBA Players Association last week to express his feelings of being blackmailed, inquiring about possible legal action over the situation…. which would possibly allow him to become a free agent immediately.
However, sources said the union doesn’t plan to pursue any legal actions against the Magic in the matter.