SACRAMENTO — Dwight Howard's request to be traded still stands, and the Orlando Magic's general manager doesn't feel the team has done much to change the superstar's mind.
"Nothing has changed," Howard said before the Magic faced the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Sunday.
Otis Smith confirmed Howard has not taken his trade request off the table and that Howard's agent still has permission to speak with three, and only three, teams: the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.
"I think his leaving or going has nothing to do with Orlando," Smith said of Howard. "I think he wants a bigger market. I can't do anything about that."
Howard revealed he has spoken with some NBA players, including Carmelo Anthony, to see how they've dealt with similar situations.
"I've talked to 'Melo," Howard said. "I've talked to a lot of guys.
"It's the same thing: You have to do what's best for you, regardless of what anybody else says. It's your life and you have to live it your way. You can't do it how everybody wants you to do it or be afraid or be upset about what people are saying, because they're not the ones that have to go through it. Sometimes, you've got to make tough decisions, and you've got to always take care of you and your family first, because nobody else will."
Arenas draws interestThe Magic's decision to waive Gilbert Arenas via the amnesty provision apparently has not hurt the friendship between Arenas and Smith.
Smith said he had lunch with Arenas last Tuesday.
"Gil and my relationship goes far beyond basketball," Smith said. "We have 11 years of friendship that we started a long time ago. But he's doing OK. His weight is down. He's trying to get his knee right. There has been some interest from some other teams. What he'll do on that front, I'm not sure. When he decides to go back playing again, I'm not sure."
Arenas turned 30 years old Friday.
Arenas' left knee, which he originally injured in April 2007, caused him problems last season and sapped him of his quickness and his jumping ability.
The Magic still must pay Arenas for this season and the two seasons after that, for a total of $62 million. But using the amnesty clause on him enables the franchise to subtract his salary from their salary-cap and luxury-tax totals.
Layups• Quentin Richardson (ankle, foot irritation) did not dress for the game and was unavailable.
• Glen Davis played despite a hip bruise suffered when he collided with a cameraman along the baseline during Friday's loss to the Chicago Bulls.
• Davis checked in with 10:14 remaining in the first quarter after Howard picked up two quick personal fouls against Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
• Both Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu expected to have cheering sections Sunday night. Anderson grew about 30 miles northeast of the arena, in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Turkoglu spent the first three seasons of his career with the Kings, and he got some nice applause during pregame warm-ups.
• Anderson spent Saturday night with his family at their home.
• Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins and Cousins — former Kentucky Wildcats teammates — spent a few minutes chatting on the court before pregame warm-ups.
• Those pregame warm-ups were delayed until about 1:20 p.m. PST because youth games were being played on the court. During one of those games, Davis jokingly stepped just inside the baseline and called for one of the kids to pass him the ball.
• Bill Walton, who does color commentary on Kings broadcasts, spoke with Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing on the court before tipoff.
• Richie Adubato filled in as the in-game analyst for Matt Guokas on the Fox Sports Florida broadcast. Adonal Foyle, the Magic's director of player development, took Adubato's place as the analyst for the radio broadcast.
• Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio dished out 14 assists off the bench in a win Sunday over the Washington Wizards 93-72. Why mention this here? The Magic must be hoping that another Spaniard, big man Fran Vázquez, has a similar statistical renaissance when, and if, Vázquez decides to join them next season. The Magic drafted Vázquez 11th overall in 2005, but he has yet to play in the NBA.
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