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Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 1:53 am
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard says he wants to remain in the city rather than leave during free agency. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwight-howard

When we last checked in with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, he was slamming the Orlando Sentinel on Twitter for its "dumb articles" about his future as a potential free agent. As we noted at the time, until Howard signs an extension with the Magic or is traded, the No. 1 story facing the franchise will be his future.

At a Memorial Day barbecue, Howard told the Sentinel that he sees himself remaining a member of the Magic for the forseeable future and he called on the city to support him.
"I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That's the only way it's going to get done. We can change this small city that we have — this small market that we have — and we can make it a big market."

"As of right now, I'm a part of the Orlando Magic and I plan to be here," Howard said.

"And I want the Magic to do whatever they can to make sure that we can get our city behind us. That's the only thing that I want to happen: just to have the city behind me and the support of our fans. I never said I was leaving. I never, ever thought about leaving. That's basically where my head is right now. I never said anything to them [the Magic] about what my plans were because that's not what I'm focused on right now."
Howard's manager is also quoted reiterating the thought that Howard doesn't want to leave Orlando.

The Memorial Day comments come after weeks of speculation that Howard might be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers.

That Howard has so forcefully declared these thoughts is nice, and they serve as a great indication for Orlando Magic faithful. But it's an ultimately meaningless stance until he signs a contract extension. Everyone, including Howard, should know that by now.

As for Howard's appeal to fans, it's a bit confusing. He's one of the most recognizable and popular NBA players in the country. His jersey is regularly one of the top 10 best-selling nationwide and he has more than two million followers on Twitter. The Magic were also in the top five in the NBA for home attendance, clocking in at more than 100% of capacity. Magic fans show up to games, buy your jersey, follow you on social networking sites and attended your impromptu barbecue. What more can they reasonably be expected to do? Nothing. Clearly this is not really a fan issue.

If fan support was really the No. 1 issue for Howard then this situation continues to have a very simple solution: sign the extension (or promise to sign the extension) and move on with life as the most popular person in the city.

Update: Later Monday night, reported that Howard may indeed be working towards the extension.
Magic center Dwight Howard spent the holiday weekend working on signing a two-year extension with the team, sources told Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore late Monday. Sources said the deal is all but signed by Howard.  
More on this story as it develops.
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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:06 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

perhaps I didn't explain my thoughts well. When I said they're slightly better than the cavs I didn't mean that right now the magic as a team are almost as bad as the cavs are. I wanted to say that this franchisice is not well manged as the cavs weren't manged good during the LBJ era, and we all know what did LeBron at the end of his contract. I think O Smith has no clue on how to build a championship team and this will lead to Dwight leaving florida. As I said they had a very good team 2 years ago, and, instead of continuing building on what they had, they decied to dismantle and rebuild. Very bad choice imho.

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:04 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

im carious to know who D12 would want to bring in. he wont sign at least until the new CBA is agreed upon. and then still dont have to. he will wait and see who otis can bring in. there are FA out there that could help and with a couple of trades he could turn this around. i dont have faith in otis so i dont expect much. if he dont change his way of thinking its gonna be more of the same. if we dont get big in the front court , some speed and agression in the back court we wont stand a chance. we have the best rebounder and putback player in the league, why not get a low post player with shooting skills and help him crash the boards.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

slightly better than the cavs? are you drunk? worst record in the nba for the cavs and a playoff team for the magic. more than slightly better in my opinion but hey, i'm just a fan.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:15 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

That's what they all say..

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:01 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

As a long time fan and season ticket holder of the Magic, I couldn't agree more with you. Otis knew they couldn't do it with Carter and Rashard, so he swapped players to try to make it work, we would have been financially strapped regardless. Brandon Bass is working hard, but we need someone to fill Gortat's shoes, maybe Earl Clark spending an off-season training with Dwight and Ewing will help. What I don't understand is the fall-off in production from Jason Richardson. On both sides of the ball, I think JJ is a better option as a shooting guard. Either way, the organization has shown its commitment to Dwight, and it looks like they will continue to do so. Go Magic!!

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:52 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

Sounds like hes coming to BOSTON....

Celtics will give up Allen or Pierce ? Im just messing with ya'll

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:17 pm
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Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:03 pm

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

kobe, gasol and howard... that looks like a better version of labum,wade and cry baby bosh. Bye-bye bynum.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:59 am

Dwight Howard contract extension in works?

Trade Noah and Asik for Howard... And let Tibs coad the best defender in the league to a few championships!


Or Better yet...why stop there?  Trade Deng for Lebron James.  Trade whoever the shooting guard is for Wade.  Then you can start Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Derrick Rose, and DWade.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:21 am

Dwight Howard contract ext for trade to CHICAGO

Trade Noah and Asik for Howard... And let Tibs coad the best defender in the league to a few championships!

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