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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.
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Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:14 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Dwight has started playing rugby for New Zealand, he's in italy at the moment in the IRB JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP competition.. He's made his mind up, he wants to be a future ALL BLACK.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:01 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

hes a stiff and he like LeBitch wont win either. He looks the part, but dont play it

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:51 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Royce I know 2009 is a long time ago, but Magic-Lakers wasn't a sweep and was actually very competitive (Lakers won a couple OT games that the Magic should have finished in regulation). The Magic weren't too far off the last couple of years from competing for a title again, they probably have to hope for some production out of Arenas next year and I'm not sure if that is going to come. Either way if Orlando has only 1 more year with Howard, so be it. It was a good run for one of the small market little guys.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:47 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Pair this guy w/ a great PG= Title. Hands down. Magic are going to have to find a way to get Dwill or CP3 or maybe even Rondo to keep Howard in town. Or hope for a Arenas revival and that dude doesnt care about winning, so...not happening.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:46 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

It's been fun Dwight. But the guy is as good as gone. The MAGIC have proven time and again that they don't know how to run a successful basketball team. Think about this for a second. The MAGIC have had superstars like SHAQ, Ben Wallace, Penny Hardaway, Chauncey Billups, Tracy Mcgrady Vince Carter and Grant Hill on their team at one point or another. Only to see them move on to greener pastures. Then if you add names like Rashard Lewis , Trevor Ariza, Mike Miller, Courtney Lee, Steve Francis, Deshaun Stevenson, Corey Magette, Keith Bogans and the Vazquez first round draft pick debacle. One would have to ask. Who is running this organization? All of the above named players have played for the MAGIC at one time or another and for some crazy reason the MAGIC can't seem to put a team together that can make a run at an NBA title. What's crazier? When they do get a team to the finals like they did three years ago. They tear the team apart the following season. What gives ?  I want Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando as much as the next MAGIC fan. But considering the MAGIC'S track record. Why in the world would he stay . The ownership has proven time and again, that they don't know what in the hell they're doing.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:29 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

come to LA bro

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:26 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

i totaly agree the minute i found out he was going to be a free agent i knew that Noah and Boozer could go and Howard could be in :D. Although atfirst it would take a while (like Miami who i hate) but i would be very glad to see him in a Bulls uniform.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:00 pm

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent


There aren't any options you need to become a Chicago Bull.  Cool

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