Tyler Radecki
Sunday December 11th, 2011

Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard has requested a trade from the team, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic general manager Otis Smith told the newspaper that Howard has made the request twice since Monday. Smith emphasized that the team wants to keep Howard long-term and added that Howard hasn’t told the team he will definitely not remain with the franchise, according to the Sentinel.

“We wouldn’t be who we are if we don’t take a look around all 29 teams and try to make the best deal for the Orlando Magic,” Smith said.

“He can have his list of teams that he would like to go to, and we’ve probably got a few on our list of teams that we would like. But at the end of the day, we want him here and we want him in a Magic uniform for his career. With that said, we’re going to make the best possible deal that we can make if we have to trade him.”

It was reported yesterday that Howard was preparing to demand a trade to the New Jersey Nets and that he had met with the Nets’ owner and general manager already.

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. Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Howard has specifically requested a trade to the Nets.

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