Orlando played its trump card. Sources for months maintained Howard wanted no part of the Lakers, that he did not want to follow the legacy of Shaquille O’Neal. Orlando leaders had one other reason for the threat: They favored the Lakers’ package of Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks and Steve Blake over the Nets’ offer.
Howard, of course, signed and everyone spoke of loyalty, which would have been better served had he signed long term. So the Magic have the game’s most dominant center locked up — until the nonsense starts again.
Very weird look inside the Dwight Howard trade drama from earlier this year. The Magic threatened to trade Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers if Howard didn’t waive opt-out.
Shaq really haunts and taunts Dwight Howard’s career. Doesn’t want to be a Laker, just wants to be buddies with Jay-Z.
One day, we’ll stop talking about Dwight Howard. One day.