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Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 6:24 am
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard denies a report that he's in contract extension negotiations. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwight-howard

Earlier this week, we noted that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard hosted a Memorial Day barbecue, at which he expressed a desire to remain a member of the team for the foreseeable future. 

"I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path," Howard said. "I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone."

Shortly after he made those comments, a report surfaced indicating that Howard was involved in talks about a two-year contract extension with the Magic.

On Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Howard, speaking from Alabama, said that the contract extension talks report was inaccurate.
“There’s no truth to that,” Howard told reporters in Birmingham, Ala., where he was on hand to help tornado victims.

Howard shot down the report and said, “The biggest thing right now is everybody understands I have one more year left. I’m keeping my options open, but there’s no other place I’d rather be than Orlando. I want them to understand that. “

“But, at the same time, I do want to win, make sure everything is in line: our team, just everything from top to bottom, everybody is reaching for a championship. It can’t be me and a couple other guys. It’s gotta be the whole team — everybody on the staff. It’s the same goal: the championship attitude. As of right now, I don’t plan to be anywhere else besides Orlando,” he said.
Howard clearly has entered the "apply soft public pressure to management" stage of the negotiating session, and his frustration is understandable. Despite a constant wave of trades by Otis Smith, the Magic have been sliding backwards since their trip to the 2009 NBA Finals.

Given Orland's cap situation, though, he might be pushing the wrong button. Orlando has clearly spent enough to be a winner and it's one of the few teams in the NBA that has won at least 50 games in a row for four straight seasons. Howard, like all of the league's other All-Stars, is feeling a sense of urgency being applied by the magnificent run to the Finals by the Miami Heat. Stars in his position can reasonably feel isolated and frustrated when they look up and down their roster and don't see another true star, while the Heat have three perennial All-Stars and are shaping up to be the Eastern Conference favorite for years to come.

As noted earlier this week, Howard's commitment to the city of Orlando is a nice thing to say, but it's ultimately meaninless until the extension has been signed. Howard has apparently clarified that that won't be happening any time soon.
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:48 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

If I was D.Howard's situation I would go about it like this: I would play out my last year in Orlando and see what type of moves that the organization are going to do in order to better the team,and if they can't bring in any quality players through the draft or possible trade then I'm off to another contender. As for the East the Celtics are in transition mode and I don't think that that they will be able to win a championship no time soon. The Hawks are somewhat suspect,regardless of the current talent,so that would only leave the Bulls and Heat as possible options,but they might have enough $$$ under the salary cap to get him unless they can put together a hellava package deal. In the West I could see him playing for OKC,maybe LA,and Dallas($$$/Mark Cuban goes hand and hand when it comes down to a contract deal).

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:43 pm

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Perhaps Dwight is looking at the team that wins this years championship ring and decides to goin the team that wins or looses and bring them back to the finals and win. the Bulls could sure use him next year. look for LA to make a run though, they always get big name players and Dwight would be a great addition to a old and fading LA team.

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:17 pm

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

DaBigChill -

You bitter Orlando fan.  Shaq did not leave Orlando to come to LA to be Kobe's bitch...if you check the facts and history - you will find that Shaq was the first option and Kobe (even he will say it about himself) he was "roadkill" / aka BAIT.  Kobe wasnt ready to be the man in LA yet. 

Shaq was traded a few years down the line to Miami, bc Kobe wanted to be "the man" and they, sadly, could no co-exist. 

Off to Miami Shaq goes for his 4th and final ring.  But then Kobe goes off for another 2 rings being "the man".

Just think how much the world and the NBA missed out on when Shaq left LA.  That team would have been better than the 90's Bulls....

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:27 pm

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

To Quote Dwight

"I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path,"

When I read this, I think.... I dont want to go to LA and play with an aging Kobe... Shaq left Orlando for LA...its been done.

Here is a Pipe Dream of mine......

With the addition of Jerry West to the Golden State Warriors front office/ownership group, signing someone of stature like Dwight Howard would be the "Big Splash" the new Warriors ownership group has been promising the fan base.

It would be change in culture for the Warriors who for years have always let the talent leave oakland and achieve success in other NBA cities.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:06 pm

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Listen ... Orlando needs to go ahead and inquire about Amare from the knicks. DWight will go there and sign if he has Camelo and also Cp3 coming soon.  That squad with a dominant PG CP3 , A scoring Forward in MELO, and a Monster rebounder and shot blocker in DwIGHT. It would be bad for Amare but Melo will be of more value than Amare and them bad knees in the future.  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:16 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

I think Howard is gone but at least he will do it respectfully hopefully. Orlando is being crushed by Hedo's and Gilbert's contracts. They do not have much wiggle room.

The only hope Orlando has is if they can pull off a blockbuster for let's say a Chris Paul type talent. That might be enough but almost impossible to pull off.

Orlando should get Howard signed or trade him- don't wait to get screwed like Toronto and Clevland.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:53 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Orlando was in a tough position with the Lewis contract and didn't do themselves any favors trading for Arenas' contract. In fact, they put themselves in a worse position. I'm not sure why they thought making that swap was going to change anything. Really all it did was limit their options to get a legitimate player to pair up with Howard going forward. It's sort of the same mistake the Cavs made: deal away talent to try and appease the superstar, but then have no chips when that superstar leaves. It only works if it leads to a championship. Whether or not Howard stays or goes, Orlando most likely can't be a legitimate championship threat until they escape the handcuffs of those bad contracts.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:34 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

its funny how people tell some one else to work on your game or you can only do this or that, but in reality he can do way more then you soo how about all you people go WORK ON YOUR GAME.....ohh and don't go to that wack team stealing all star team LA

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:34 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Howard for Stoudemire straight up.  I'll take that trade

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:07 am

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

The only extension he needs is on his new house beside Kobe's in LA!

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