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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: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:44 pm

This is why I hate the NBA more with every year.

I have been a Magic fan since the days of Brooks Thompson. Obviously I am a huge fan of Dwight Howard. A religious man....a good person...strong moral man.....the list went on and on. However, this kind of man doesn't need the lights of L.A. This kind of man shows loyalty to those who have shown loyalty to him. This kind of man wins championships without the help of a more recognized NBA star (Kobe). This man is not suppose to be Lebron James!!!! If Howard leaves Orlando then I am officially done with the NBA. Why don't we just make the league with only 6 teams...load them all up with All-Stars and see who wins....Seriously it is already becoming this way. It is a joke. There is no parity in this league and it gets worse with every year. People can argue it is the same with Baseball...but it isn't. In the NBA you only play 5 players at a time. So "Loading" up gives you an insane advantage. the right thing. Stay in Orlando....keep improving your offensive game...You have an ownership that wants to win just as much as you. Bring Orlando its championships and stop following Shaq shadow by following his career moves.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:33 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Howard and Turkoglu's contract to the Bulls for Noah, Deng, CHA's 2016 #1 pick held by Bulls, and either Taj or Asik
That be an Interesting deal

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:09 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Thank you sir (Master of Magic);  that is what I have said all along, which is true; we had the much, much better team at that time with Shaq, He looked for excuses to leave, Coach Hill was not the problem as he stated.  Now with Howard, its the same thing all over again.  All I ask Howard is to be sincere and let the team know so maybe we can get something in return, if not, oh hell I can't say it here.  GO MAGIC!

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:06 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Howard and Turkoglu's contract to the Bulls for Noah, Deng, CHA's 2016 #1 pick held by Bulls, and either Taj or Asik

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:02 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Dwight Howard want to win. I'm sure he'd be happy to stay in Orlando if he thought they could contend for the championship. I won't say that Orlando wasn't willing to spend the money to acquire talent, but the moves they've made to do so have been less than productive (to put it nicely). With the current roster, the Magic aren't even close to competing, with no big prospect of change on the horizon. Howard has given the Magic enough years to get it done, and like LeBron in Cleveland, he can see that winning there isn't going to happen. 

So looking at his other options, not only would LA give him a good chance to be on a championship team, but it would serve his other interests (business and otherwise) as well. Don't blame it on Howard. Blame it on the Magic management. 

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:53 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Had Shaq stayed in Orlando with Penny, Nick, and Horace Grant, they would have easily won 3 rings. Shaq always wanted out of Orlando.

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:50 pm

Bynum, Odom, and Gasol are assets for a trade?

You're crazy if the Magic would take Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom. That is just not a good deal. Two past their primers and a knobbly kneed semi-star? If it's LA Dwight covets, you better bet he's going to the Clippers.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:32 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

You think it's as simple as a player deciding where he wants to live!?!?!? These guys sign contracts to play in the NBA and then decide that things aren't going their way and then demand trades in the middle of the contract to a destination of their choice. The NBA shouldn't even allow contracts where the players can nix a trade. They outta go where the owners tell them to go. That would shut them! Hell....threaten to send them to Charlotte, Oklahoma City or Minnesota would surely change their attitude! If they want to move to another team....then they would just need to wait out their contract and then move to where they decide. At least that would stop sll the demands and players leaving on their own terms. As much as I hate LeBron....he deserved to choose where he wanted to play....but these players that just get a whim that they need a championship ring right then and there and demand to be moved....they need to get a big taste of reality!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:29 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

All this time I thought Shaq was just being a baby but he was right, Dwight Howard is trying to steal his image. First the Superman thing, now he wants to leave the Magic and head to the Lakers.

What's next, gaining 150 pounds and mumbling when he speaks.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:20 pm

Source: Howard hasn't told Magic what he wants

Haven't any of you already figured out that they are all a bunch of punks?!?!? I mean last year's fiasco with LeBron and Bosh teaming up to play in Miami, the Chris Paul thing about wanting to move to New York and now all of this crap with's just about being selfish....that's why they never end up winning a championship's because they're not team players. Booo-hooo.....better give the spoiled little brats what they want! Most athletes in my day played for the thrill of it and didn't demand trades at the drop of a hat or get paid millions$ to play the game they so loved. I say that the owners trade these players to the bench instead of giving in to their little demands. Hell....let's see how they would like that!

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