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Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 3:06 pm
Dwight Howard has not yet indicated to Orlando management whether he wants to stay with the Magic, request a trade or play out the season and become a free agent, a person directly involved in the organization's planning told Tuesday.

"Training camp opens the door to everything," said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "I think that will happen very, very soon."

The soap opera of whether Howard stays in Orlando or seeks a trade to the Lakers already has begun in full force, however, and there already has been a casualty. Team executives were apprised via email Tuesday morning that CEO Bob Vander Weide has stepped down and will be replaced by team president Alex Martins. In replacing Vander Weide, 53, whose departure is being characterized as a retirement, Martin's first order of business will be to represent the Magic on the NBA's Board of Governors, which is scheduled to vote on the new collective bargaining agreement Thursday in an electronic ballot.

UPDATE: Whether Vander Weide's departure has anything to do with the owners' labor relations committee -- of which Vander Weide was a member -- signing off on a deal that could actually expedite Howard's departure from Orlando is a matter worthy of consideration. The Magic scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to address Vander Weide's departure, but Vander Weide admitted Tuesday that he did, in fact, call Howard at 1 a.m. earlier this week after "a couple of glasses of wine" -- a conversation in which the executive reportedly urged the star to stay in Orlando.

The person familiar with the Magic's strategy said Tuesday that, while Howard has yet to verbalize what he wants, the All-Star center has "deep roots here" and has previously expressed that "this is where he'd like to fulfill his career."

"He wants to win," the person said. "That's on his mind intensely."

While Howard has never publicly expressed a desire to leave Orlando, it has been known among people in his inner circle for months that his preference is to play for the Lakers. The only way he's getting to that L.A. team would be via a trade, and the Lakers -- with Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom -- are one of the few teams in the league with enough assets to pull it off.

The new rules set to be approved by the players and owners this week have cut off some of the avenues for superstars looking to leave small markets for big markets -- but some of those rules actually increase the pressure on the home team to make a decision to trade such a player sooner than in the past. The extension Orlando can offer Howard -- same as New Orleans can offer Chris Paul -- falls short of what each could each get as an unrestricted free agent come July 1. And since they can no longer get maximum contract length and raises via a sign-and-trade, their teams don't have that avenue as a fallback option.

"I don't think he knows what he's going to do at this point," the person familiar with the Magic's strategy said. "I'm not sure anybody does. It's impossible to predict."

The overwhelming opinion in central Florida -- which in 1996 saw Shaquille O'Neal flee Orlando to sign with the Lakers as a free agent -- is for Howard to let his intentions be known sooner than later.

"Don't drag us out," the person said. "Tell us what you want, so we can react with facts, not theories and guesses."

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:53 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

You re crazy if you think the Lakers are offering all 3 for Howard. Maybe you should re-read the article?

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:37 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:34 pm

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It took Shaq 4 more years in LA before he got his first ring (or even back to the finals).  He was already on a contender in Orlando.  I think if Shaq had stayed he would have had more than 4 rings when he retired. 

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:09 pm

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oooowwhhh, everyone but kobe ia available from the laker roster for a trade for howard. well considering they are a 30 win team without kobe id say keepem id much rather take the nets deal

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:45 pm

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I hate making blanket statements like "All men...." or " All women....." But every damn body that says "Im not gonna watch NBA basketball anymore!" are lying to themselves.  oh, you may feel this way now.... but in a few weeks the arenas will be filled and the ratings will be high. and this coming from a wizards fan....

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:36 pm

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I have no real issues with the Knicks and Heat assembling superstar teams. We all play NBA 2K12 and do the same thing. No one runs with the Clippers wire to wire and makes no trades.
The reality is even back in the 90's stars stayed with their smaller market teams because of money. They could pay the stars more than any other team. So, like all professional athletes (well 95%), IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!
This newer breed of "selfish" superstar wants to play in New York (Basketball mecca), LA (the history of the Lakers), Boston (Red, Bill Russell, Bird, McHale). Who wouldn't? You have a history of owners who are willing to spend BIG to win championships. There's a reason the Yankees have 26 some-odd titles. CAUSE THEY SPEND MONEY! There is a reason the Rays/Clippers/Kings/Suns/T-Wolves have basically zero titles and have basically zero chances to compete because they don't spend the money. They have more limited resources. So, the stars want to get paid AND they want to win. So they go where they can get both.
Jordan stayed with the Bulls cause he was able to get paid more by the Bulls than elsewhere AND he had an ownership group who put pieces around him. Too many owners run it like a business instead of like a championship team!

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:28 pm

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LA can keep Bynum, Gasol and Odom...all 3 are washed up.  I'd rather take the Nets trade for some youth IF, hopefull a BIG IF, they trade D12. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:20 pm

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You would almost think the NBA came to your home and killed your dog. How exactly did this work stoppage affect you personally?

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:05 pm

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I agree with Opinion Minion's comment.  The NBA killed their fan base with their selfishness, greed, and incompetence.  I'm nearing my mid-30s soon and this will be the first time that I will not watch any games.  NBA has lost my respect and any person who devotes their time and money to such an organization is a fool.  Once football season is over, I'll be looking towards baseball in the spring.   

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:57 pm

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I'm with you. I was a fan of D-Wade before the big deal and now I'm done with the NBA. Sure I wanted better talent on the team, but at what cost. Playing with Lebron changed Wade and he even admitted that he played angry last year (in his opinion, the reason for the loss in the playoffs). I love the parity in the NFL. It makes it great. One year you are the lowly Lions or struggling 49ers and with the right moves a small/medium market team can compete. Hope springs eternal.

The NBA continues to feed on itself and destroy the fan base for all but a few teams. Players don't get it! This is the first year in my life (just pushed 40) that I will not watch an NBA game. I live and breathe sports, but the NBA is a joke and I can't support the players or franchises anymore.

My next goal, will be to quit reading stories about the NBA. I guess I hope some smaller market team can pull off a trade for a superstar. What am I thinking?

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