According to ESPN, the Magic front office believes that Howard is attempting to manipulate the situation in order to become a free-agent next year, and as a result, have told teams they will trade the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Howard had previously asked the team for a trade prior to the 2011-12 season, but the Magic have been patient leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
“Dwight's dreaming if he thinks Orlando won't trade him without a commitment,'' a source told ESPN. "He needs to make some small commitment to them. They're saying it can't be one way.''