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Martins: Magic explored "all possible options" for Howard

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--Magic CEO Alex Martins wrote a letter to fans on Aug. 13, saying the franchise did everything it could to keep center Dwight Howard before finally trading him to the Lakers.

"We had extensive conversations in regard to his future in Orlando, exhausting all possible options," Martins wrote to season-ticket holders, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "At the end of the day, we were not able to receive a commitment from him beyond this season."

Howard was dealt to the Lakers as part of a massive four-team trade.

--In new coach Jacque Vaughn, the Magic are expecting to have a somewhat less demonstrative and less controversial coach than Stan Van Gundy, who had the job for the previous five years and never was afraid of giving his opinions. At least that's what Vaughn is saying about his first head coaching position.

"I don't think I'll pigeonhole myself into a certain style," Vaughn said. "My demeanor on the sideline is more calm, not garish at all, and I think players will be receptive to that and want to play."

Vaughn, who served as an assistant at San Antonio, also said he won't be a coach who calls offensive plays from the sideline every trip downcourt, something that Van Gundy liked to do. Vaughn might rely more on veteran point guard Jameer Nelson.

"For me, it's about putting guys in position to make plays," he said. "As long as I can teach them, and they're receptive to teaching, then I'll let them make plays."

Vaughn will have quite the act to follow when it comes to success. Van Gundy compiled a 259-135 regular-season record.

--As if they don't have enough problems, the Magic have found themselves in the midst of a pending and possibly uncomfortable position. The DeVos family, which owns the team, has come under fire from a national gay and lesbian rights group because of the family's $500,000 donation to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The president of the Rights Equal Rights foundation, the gay and lesbian group, has called for a boycott of Amway, the company owned by the DeVos family, and its affiliates, including the Magic. Amway officials were concerned enough to issue a statement. "As private citizens, the DeVos family supports causes and organizations that advocate for policies aligned to their personal beliefs."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"When my knees and my ankles started hurting. You get a little smarter then." -- Jacque Vaughn, asked when he first started thinking about a move from player to coach.

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