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Lakers' Howard hoped to be dealt to Nets

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard may be happy in his current surroundings, but he said Thursday that he had hoped of being traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Howard, who was sent from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers in the offseason, told ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM: "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go."[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise."

Howard's final season with the Magic was stressful. The star center requested a trade to the Nets at the beginning of the year, but nothing materialized.

Trade talks between Brooklyn and Orlando picked up in the offseason, when Nets GM Billy King offered Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and four first-round picks for Howard. When that fell through, the Nets gave up, and Howard eventually landed with the Lakers in a complicated four-team blockbuster.

" ... I think there's a reason why everything happened the way it happened," Howard told ESPN NewYork. "So far it's been an unbelievable experience for me. ... It's like a dream come true."
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