Source: Howard Permitted to Pursue Trade
The Magic on Friday night gave (Dwight) Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, permission to speak with three teams — the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks — about a potential trade, a person familiar with the decision told CBSSports.com. But at the time of the reported meeting between Howard and (Mikhail) Prokhorov, no permission had been given, the person said.
“I’ve seen the report, but I have no idea whether he met with them or not,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “And so we’ll certainly look into that. But at this stage, it’s just a report.”
Orlando’s goal remains to retain Howard, but the organization has made the decision that it will not suffer the same fate as when Shaquille O’Neal left as a free agent in 1996 and the team received nothing in return. Also, Magic GM Otis Smith will not have Howard’s destination in a trade dictated to him by Howard or his agent, a person with knowledge of the organization’s strategy told CBSSports.com.