Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/1/12

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN.com reported Saturday.

Howard, who missed the last stretch of the season after getting back surgery, met with new Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan in Los Angeles on Friday and asked to be traded to the Nets, sources told ESPN.com.

Howard amended his contract in March, waiving his right to opt out at the end of this past season and extending the deal another year. He can become a free agent next summer. Howard told people in his inner circle that he was blackmailed into signing the option, sources told ESPN.com.

No decision has been made about whether Howard's trade request will be granted or not.

Howard, a first team All-NBA selection with 20 points and a league-leading 14.5 rebounds per game, played in 54 of 66 games.

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