According to Larry Ridley of WESH Channel 2 in Orlando, Dwight Howard “loves” Orlando and doesn’t want to be traded.
Ridley, citing a source, says Howard is “hit his image has taken since this season’s trade rumors and problems with Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.” He goes on to say Howard “doesn’t understand why he’s blamed for everything that happens inside the organization.
In December of 2011, Howard publicly acknowledged he had asked for a trade and a few months later, then Head Coach Stan Van Gundy admitted he was told Howard wanted him fired.
Van Gundy was fired on May 21.
At the trade deadline, Howard waived his Early Termination Option, foregoing free agency this summer and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2012.
If Howard is serious about not wanting to be traded and loving Orlando, then the solution is easy: Sign a long term extension.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)