Report: Dwight Howard Preparing To Demand Trade To New Jersey Nets, May Not Report To Camp

Will Yoder
Friday December 9th, 2011

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is preparing to ask for a trade to the New Jersey Nets, sources have told Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.

Howard, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, has not yet informed the Magic that he does not plan to re-sign with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2004, however Broussard reports that he will inform the club of his intentions within the next few days. There is also a possibility that the All-Star center will not attend the start of training camp this afternoon.

Until now, Howard had been non-committal about his intentions to stay with the Magic on a long-term basis. Some had believed that if a trade were to occur with Howard, it would likely come during the season near the trade deadline; however a trade demand would move that timeline up dramatically.

Last season Howard averaged 22.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game for the Magic, who finished the season with a 52-30 record. The New Jersey Nets finished with a 24-58 record last season.

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