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Dwight Howard says trade from Orlando could've gone better

By Royce Young | NBA writer
Dwight Howard says he would've done things differently in Orlando. (Getty Images)

It's easy to be reflective and open when you got your way.

With the Lakers set to face the Magic on Sunday, Dwight Howard looked back on the "Dwightmare" and how the whole situation went for him in Orlando.

"I've had a chance to sit back and think about it, and there are some things I could've done better. There are some things that could've been done better on both sides," Howard told reporters, via ESPN LA. "But at the end of the day, we all learn some lessons and we've got to move forward.

Well, what exactly could he have done differently then?

"It doesn't really matter to talk about it now. It's over and done with," Howard said. "There are a lot of things we both could've done. But at the end of the day, it happened just the way it was supposed to happen. There was a reason behind everything. We might not see it or understand it at the time, but there was a reason why everything happened the way it happened and I think it made both parties stronger."

Howard, of course, demanded a trade from the Magic, changed his mind and signed a waiver that he wouldn't exercise his early termination option, then changed his mind again, asking for a trade after the season. The Magic eventually obliged, moving Howard in a four-team trade that sent him to Los Angeles.

"It's my job to let people know that when you get traded or ask for a trade from a team, it has nothing to do with a city or the fan base," Howard said. "It's a business decision. Yeah, it may affect people because that's their team that they love and they want to see their team do good. But at the end of the day, we only get one shot at this and I have to do what I believe is going to be best for me."

Howard is already on record saying he didn't have any regrets from the situation, but evidently, he's changing his tone a bit.

The fact is, Howard held the Magic hostage while he went through his will-he-won't-he trade saga. Demanding trades, demanding coaches be fired, saying he didn't do either, then finally getting his way. His final three months in Orlando were a complete circus.

In the end, he got his coach, Stan Van Gundy, fired and he got his ticket out. Dirty little secret though: Howard still is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Oh, boy.

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