Dwight Howard Rumors: Howard "Hopes to Be Traded" from Orlando Magic, According to Report

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The relationship between the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard is "irreparable," reports Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, and the superstar center "hopes to be traded" from the team. His preferred trade destination is the Brooklyn Nets, who don't have any assets to make Orlando a competitive offer for Howard's services.

Because he waived his Early Termination Option, Howard cannot become a free agent until July 1st, 2013. All indications are the Magic will trade him in order to avoid losing him as a free agent unless new General Manager Rob Hennigan can convince the six-time All-NBA selection to commit to the organization long term. But Kennedy says Howard will give no such commitment.

According to Kennedy, the team most likely to land Howard is the Houston Rockets, despite assurances from Howard's camp that he would not re-sign in Houston following the 2012/13 season. Houston has made two trades in the days leading up to the Draft to arm itself with the 12th, 16th, and 18th overall selections.

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