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Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 5:44 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Dwight Howard has never hinted at leaving the Orlando Magic. In fact, everything he's said has leaned toward the opposite. He's said he loves Orlando, wants to stay if possible and doesn't anticipate leaving.

But he's still becoming a free agent.

Via NBA.com:

Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic, but told NBA.com on Monday that he will definitely become a free agent rather than sign an extension in the next year and also left open the possibility he would reconsider his future in Orlando if the team does not win the title next season.

Speaking during a break at the adidas Eurocamp as part of a tour of the continent for the shoe company, Howard joked with reporters at a news conference and appeared in good spirits.

In a one-on-one interview afterward, though, he made it clear he is not happy with the collective personality of Orlando's roster and that changes need to be made. The same message, he said, was delivered to owner Rich DeVos and CEO Bob Vander Weide in a meeting last week that included Howard sharing thoughts on everything from personnel to fan involvement and arena atmosphere at home games.

"I want to win a championship," the All-Star center said. "I think the owners have to really know that. That's been my goal and my mission since I've been in the NBA -- to win a championship. I don't have side goals or agendas. My main goal is to win a championship. I want to have 14 other guys who feel the same way."

Asked if the Magic have that now, he said, "It's off and on. Sometimes guys are there whole-heartedly and then sometimes I've had teammates allow people getting in their ears and things like that effect the way that they play and approach the game."
The Magic have had a two-year extension on the table for Howard for some time, but he's obviously not touching it. Two years is the longest deal the Magic can offer under the current Collecitve Bargaining Agreement. Of course that expires June 30 though. A report a couple weeks ago said that Howard was working on the two-year extension. Doesn't look like that's happening.

 Howard once again reiterated though that he wants to stay in Orlando.

"There's no other place I'd rather be besides Orlando," he said. "As of right now, that's my home. I just want to stay in Orlando as long as I can.

"That's the truth. I don't have to keep things calm or anything. This is how I really feel in my heart. A lot of people want to see me go other places, but I want to stay in Orlando. I have a beautiful home there. There are beautiful people down there. My son is in Orlando. He's getting a lot older and I want to be there to see as many moments as I can of his life."

He was then asked if the roster doesn't change or if the Magic don't compete for a title next year.

"Then things have to change," he said.

Does that mean moving?

"At the end of the day, as far as what I want to accomplish as a basketball player, to be one of the greats, you have to win championships," he said. "That's how I see it. I want to do that in Orlando, and hopefully we can get it done.... Everybody's asking me from the beginning of the season until today where am I playing in a year? Am I getting traded? I have no clue. As of right now, I want to be in Orlando."

It really sounds like Howard is speaking honestly, but we've all been through this rodeo before. We've heard players say this and do something different. General manager Otis Smith has definitely tried his best making a number of bold moves to get Orlando over the top. They haven't worked out as of yet, as the Magic have made it to one NBA Finals, getting swept by the Lakers.

Just because Howard wants to be a free agent doesn't mean he's leaving. It's that he wants a sense of what's next and as they say, wants to keep his options open.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Exactly, adullin.  ESPN and TNT would have us believe the NBA is doing magnificently, what with the great playoff TV ratings and everything.  But if one were to step back and look at the situation, TV ratings is really ALL the NBA has.  And even that comes with a preface.  National TV ratings were up...with games featuring the Lakers, Celtics, and/or Heat.  When TNT had doubleheaders, ratings were terrible for those late games featuring Portland vs Phoenix.  Conversely, regional TV ratings were putrid in most NBA markets this year because, as you said, only about 5 or 6 teams had a real shot at winning a title.  How about attendance?  Down.  In fact, more people bought tickets to an NHL game this year than they did an NBA game.  The point of all this is that the NBA is a house with great curb appeal.  It looks great from the street.  But if you were to actually walk up the driveway and enter the house, it would be a rat infested dump inside.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

If you want to win just do it.  your the superstar, Dirk did it with a lineup similar to yours.  Quit your bellyaching.



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

the porblem is really there were 5 teams with a shot to win it. So a team like Detoit etc has no motivation to go and see theis team lose.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Once Dwight Howard gets traded to the Lakers, or signs with them next year, why don't we just let all the super star players combine onto 4 or 5 super teams?  80% of the NBA's franchises already have no chance to win a title and nobody wants to see the Wolves or Bucks or Pacers make deep playoff runs anyway.  It was bad enough we had to put up with a decade of Spurs titles.  TV ratings were abysmal every time the Spurs made the Finals.  Let's contract 10 teams and make the season 60 games.  Can you imagine how great the playoffs would be if all the best players were on 5 completely stacked teams? LA, Dallas, Miami, New York, and Boston.  It's not like the NBA can make money anyway.  This was supposed to be its best year in decades and yet 22 of 30 teams lost money and the league itself lost $300 million.  Time to prune the tree and trim some fat off this bloated carcass.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

this article is yadda, yadda, yadda. Of course he wants to leave and try new ventures but of course he wants to stay in Orlando because that's his fall back plan. simple as that. 99% of comments made by players are generic answers to please the media.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

He is going to Miami to try and win a championship.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Well we know the Magic will be one team fighting for the "franchise tag" in the new CBA. Seems like Orlando is about to lose out on Superman 2.0



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic, but told NBA.com on Monday that he will definitely become a free agent rather than sign an extension in the next year and also left open the possibility he would reconsider his future in Orlando if the team does not win the title next season.

He's gone. All that jazz about wanting to stay is bull. If he did, he'd sign the extension now and then they could work on a long-term deal later, if he wshed. He knows this forces the Magic's hand and odds are they'll deal him if there is a season. Look for the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks to be top contenders for him.

Howard has every right to play out his contract. However, stop the bull about wanting to end his career in Orlando. That's what really ticks off fans. It's not that you leave when you have that option, it's how you play them out that ticks them off. Be honest or just silent.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:15 am
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Dwight Howard "left open the possibility he would reconsider his future in Orlando if the team does not win the title next season," Pretty much tells me there is little chance he will remain in Orlando. 
First of all, look no further than the Miami Heat.  They had three superstars and they could not win!!!  As much as I love the Magic, the odds are against them winning the NBA.  In fact, no matter where Howard goes, the odds are against that team (his new team) winning the NBA.  I would hope that if Orlando makes progress in getting better, that would be good enough for Howard to stay. 
Anyone reading my posts knows that I like Howard and that I have defended him against his getting mugged.  I am old enough to remember Bill Russell and the Celtics and, to me, Russell is the center I can most identify with Howard.  Particularly, his rebounding and shot-blocking and shot-altering!  I suppose I could and should have looked up Russell's free-throw shooting percentage.  I am just guessing Russell shot his better than Howard.  Now, Howard is trying, but he has to get a lot better and a lot more consistent.  Not only with his free-throw shooting, but with his maturing.  He does get mugged and he does get bad call, but he needs to handle it better.  Many time, his lack of maturity hurt the Magic.  Whenever he matures and shoots better from the free-throw line, then any team he is on will be the favorite to win the NBA.  Look at the Mavs, their best player almost never missed a free-throw.  Point is, a lot is on Howard to improve and not just for the Magic to improve.  It is a 2-way street and he has to realize that. 
Finally, I only have one request to Dwight, "Do not go to the Lakers!"



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:55 am
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Amare for Howard str8 up?


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