Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports Magic officials were “disgusted” by Howard’s comments Tuesday night.
Despite Howard’s now public request to play out the season, Magic officials are still talking to several other teams about Howard, including the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks according to SI’s Sam Amick:
Sources say the Lakers and even the Knicks are among the teams who have engaged with the Magic in recent days. Howard has told close friends that he doesn’t want to play for the Lakers, but deals have been discussed between the two teams with the shared hope that he would change his stance.
While Golden State’s trade for Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut on Tuesday night took them out of the running for Howard in what would have been a “rental” situation, Houston remains willing to trade for Howard without any assurances that he will re-sign.
That’s interesting because although his agent has debunked the rumors, reports surfaced that Carmelo Anthony was interested in being traded by the Knicks.
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