Dwight Howard says clash with GM led to trade request


Dwight Howard works on his game after practice. (John Raoux / AP)

Howard doesn’t think General Manager Otis Smith has done enough to acquire players Howard has wanted.

“I’ve talked to a lot of guys and they’ve expressed a lot of interest and would come here,” Howard told the Orlando Sentinel. “And I’ve expressed that to the correct people, and none of it’s happened.”

Smith disputed that contention.“We looked at some,” Smith said. “Some we have [on the roster]. Some we don’t. So I’m not necessarily saying that he isn’t accurate. I think that there was a list. Some of them areduplicate talent, which is something you can’t do all the time. Some are, quite frankly, on your roster.”

Both agreed on Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Howard thinks Smith should have done more. “The stuff that I’ve asked for, the stuff that I’ve felt our team needed to get better, none of it has happened,” Howard said.

But how much can and should Smith do? Who is in charge anyway? “The tail can’t wag the dog in all instances,” Smith said. “We have to work accordingly together. The best players in the league work together with their front office staff and ownership groups.”

Now what happens? The Magic granted Howard permission to talk to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets (who, according to ESPN, the could also sign free agent Gilbert Arenas if that happens). And Orlando is talking to other teams. Where is the best place for Howard?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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