Cohen 8-Ball: Magic Year in Review
THE TRADE REQUEST: It shocked some; it annoyed many and it generated uninvited adversity. Immediately after the lockout ended, Dwight Howard openly requested a trade out of Orlando. He advised the Magic to deal him to a team on a very short three-team list, including the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. Rather than abide by his preference, however, the Magic decided to keep Howard for the time being and evaluate the situation closer to the trade deadline.