Yesterday, Stan Van Gundy made him look like a fool when he informed reporters that he knew Howard wanted him fired. And today we get word of a report that the Magic basically bluffed Howard into waiving his opt-out clause which forced him to play in Orlando for another season.
According to the New York Post, the Magic threatened to trade Howard to the Lakers instead of his preferred destination in New Jersey if he did not waive his opt-out clause. A threat that ultimately lead to Howard waiving his opt-out clause.
According to league sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Orlando brass got fed up with Howard’s yes-no-maybe posturing and threatened to trade him to the Lakers, not his desired location, if he did not sign an agreement to waive the opt-out clause for the final season of his contract. Howard eventually signed the papers, but only after he was told “he would be a Laker by the end of the day,” according to one source.
Howard, whose camp had permission to talk to the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers, really only had one destination.
“He was adamant: New Jersey, New Jersey, New Jersey,” a source claimed.
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.
Other than Bobby Petrino, Dwight Howard has to be having the worst week of any sports figure