Insider: Dwight Howard Requests A Trade To New Jersey

I guess it was just a matter of time.

Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Magic Center Dwight Howard has told General Manager Otis Smith he wants to be traded:

Smith said Howard has made the request twice in separate conversations since Monday.

Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent, didn’t immediately return a phone message for comment.

Smith emphasized that the Magic want to keep Howard long-term, and he added that Howard and his camp haven’t told the team that he definitely will not remain with the franchise. Indeed, Smith repeated what Magic officials have said for days: that the team will make every effort to keep the All-NBA First Team center.

“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.

Adrian Wojnarowski says the team he wishes to be traded to is the New Jersey Nets:

Dwight Howard has requested that the Orlando Magic trade him to the New Jersey Nets, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Clearly, you an see the appeal of Howard wanting to team up with one of the league’s elite in players in Nets point guard Deron Williams.

However, outside of Williams, it’s tough seeing what kind of package the Nets can honestly put together to get it done.

New Jersey’s rumored offer involves center Brook Lopez and two first round picks. Last week, I pointed out the major flaws in that deal.