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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: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:39 am
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

No team can win with one guy . There has to be at least two . Bosh aint no dang star James and Wade make him look like one cuz thats who people care about and fear. I hope Howard stays but living in Orl. and growing up here they will lose him like all the others. It sux cuz i want to like Orl. but I have always known that championships dont matter . Its not how many games u win or making the playoffs or the $ its that RING a lot of great players finish without one and its hurts there soul ask any of them .



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:37 am
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Hey Dwight, start your own path by working on those free throws and committing stupid fouls ! Lets start there Dwight !



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:12 am
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

I think he ends up in Boston as well.  The thing is... Shaq started all this FA nonsense when he couldn't win w/ Orlando in 95.  He quit & took his ball to LA to be Kobe's bitch.  He too, didn't want to work hard on his game & be a leader... he wanted Kobe to do all the heavy lifting while he reaped the rewards.  Now LeJoke & Boshina go to Miami.  I hate Deron Williams... that guy is a POS... I don't think he's worth everything the media makes out of him.  He wants to stay in Orlando.. but only if they bring in Chris Paul to carry him.



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:04 am
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

No shit  Dwight Howard is going to go to Boston especailly since they have doc rivers to coach the next 5 years and  garnett and allen's contracts going off the books next year Boston is going to have tons of money after next year with only Rondo and Pierce under contract



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:09 am
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

What a surprise that Dwight Howard is not in a contract extension negotiations talks. The ones who made up this story in the first place was Magic fans and nobody else. Sorry Magic fans but really smart people know that there was no way in hell that Howard was in talks of a extension to stay with you guys because the Magic team has no shot in hell to be champions or winners for that matter every. Orlando will never be called a basketball city and even O'Neal know that and that's way he felt. Sorry Magic fans but there will be no magic to make Howard stay at Orlando and that's a fact. So please don't make up stupied stuff like Howard will stay as a Magic because you guys will loss him like you loss everthing else alright.



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Howard is no different than all the other colluders/losers of his generation like LeQuit, Bosh, Wade, Carmelo, Deron Williams and Chris Paul. It's never their fault for anything. They have been coddled since they were in junior high. They know nothing of what it means to be a leader. How about you actually work on your game, and develop some kind of move besides catch an alley-oop and dunk. And maybe learn how to shoot a free throw. I fully expect Dwight Howard and Chris Paul to somehow collude their way together and go to LA or NY. I'm glad the Jazz punked Deron Williams before he could do it to them, and sent him to NBA purgatory in New Jersey. The NBA should just contract down to about 6 teams.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

keeping his options open means waiting for the lakers or ny to call..



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

everything from top to bottom. top cant be rich or bob cuz they dont have the stones to make a choice. so the top being otis. and he dont have a clue. dont know where all this is gonna lead, but i dont expect much. just dont think otis has what it takes to build a championship team. 



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

Okay, so who's making up these rumors about Howard agreeing on extension talks?  Stupid sports columnists. 



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Dwight Howard denies contract extension talks

...it's one of the few teams in the NBA that has won at least 50 games in a row for four straight seasons.
50 games in a row! for 4 straight seasons! That's amazing. that's four 50 win streaks for four years in a row? I don't believe it.


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