Some things in life are inevitable: death, taxes, and Dwight Howard asking to be traded. Yes, it's July 1 (and not March or February or December or any of the other times the Magic center has requested to be shipped out of Orlando), and yes, Howard wants to play somewhere besides Florida.

In the latest iteration of the neverending trade request, Howard met with new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Friday and asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Howard is also telling people close to him that he felt "blackmailed" by the Magic to sign the opt-in clause on his contract at the trade deadline in March, and is talking with the NBA Players' Union about having the contract voided so he can become a free agent this summer. Stan Van Gundy may be unemployed, but with co-workers like Dwight Howard, who wants a job?

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[via ESPN]