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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.


Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic, but told 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

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:42 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Noah goes to the Heat probably with Deng and draft picks.  If I where the Magic, you have to get a big man in return and scoring

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:30 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Perhaps Miami can juryrig the so-called "salary cap" and get him to play for the Heat.  Then they could add Kobe and Chris Paul. That would make for a pretty good team.  it would also make pro hoops just like MLB -Three or four teams get all the best players and everybody else gets what's left. Competition?  Who cares?  In our society today, there can only be one winner, and everyone else is considered a loser, right?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:24 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

He's NOT Leaving!! They ALL do this to light a spark under the A$$ of the Front Office!!

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:01 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

He's got L.A. or should I say Hollywood written am over him! And I don't mean Clippers.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:39 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

So if he goes to Chicago what will hapen to Noah?

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:17 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Joke Cities Ronnie?  Your profile says you're from freaking Arkansas, you wanna talk about jokes, Arkansas isn't even worth keeping in the union.  Maybe the govt. should contract Arkansas since only toolbags who know nothing about the rest of the country seem to come from there.  What's there to even do in Arkansas?  Cow tipping?  Rolling in fields?  Nothing?  Oh yea that's right, nothing.  Have fun being a bitter douche and living the rest of your days out in Arkansas.

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:17 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

CP3 is also welcome im sure, replace chauncy with CP3 and the Knicks are unstoppable

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:16 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Come to NY, almost a garuanteed ring.. D. Howard, Amare, Melo, L. Fields, Billups, thats a lineup right there.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:41 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

@ Strykr:  This is not fantasy basketbell.  Even if it was that's just the dumbest trade not even 4 yr would make let a lone think about.  How about Fisher for Dwight?  SMH

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:34 am

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Welcome to Chicago!

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