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Dwight Howard Loves Orlando!

Following elimination from the playoffs last night, a frustrated Dwight Howard faced the eager media who had already begun speculations about his future with the Orlando Magic. Before a question regarding this could be completed Howard cut in and had this to say:

“That has nothing to do with right now. There’s no need for me to comment on it. So let’s not even talk about it. There’s no need to bring it up. Right now, I’m going to figure out how I can get myself better for next season, not about what team I’m going to play for. So all the speculation can stop. There’s no need to talk about it.”

Unlike recent superstars that have moved area codes, namely LeBron and Carmelo, Howard left everything out there on the floor. Averaging an astonishing 27 points, 15.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, he didn’t check out the way LeBron did in against Boston in the second round of last year’s playoffs and Carmelo as the trade deadline neared this year.

Prior to Game 6 it would seem that Howard already put his house up for sale and had his bags packed as speculations grew, however reports indicate the contrary. “I am going to do whatever I can to lead my city,” said Howard. “I love Orlando — Our fans deserve a championship and I am going to keep fighting. That’s all I can do is keep fighting.”

Related post: Does an exit for Orlando mean an exit for Dwight Howard?

President of basketball operations, Otis Smith, confirmed he had no intentions to trade Howard before the February 2012 deadline. What you would conclude from these statements is that Dwight will remain the face of the franchise for many years to come. This may be so but Smith will have to explain why he made that roster overhaul mid-season and why he should be trusted in putting together the pieces for a championship. In my opinion his decision making has been very anti-championship. However Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide says Smith is expected to be back next season.

As much as the Magic try to change the perception of the situation, speculation will grow until Howard has either signed an extension or moved to another city.

It looks like it will be another exciting summer. Stay tuned in!

Until next time..


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Does an exit for Orlando mean an exit for Dwight Howard?

Many will say that it is a championship or bust year for the Orlando Magic. The reason behind this is the looming free agency of Dwight Howard following the 2011-12 season.

The Magic are now on the brink of elimination, down 3-1 to the Atlanta Hawks and Howard has been doing everything in his power to get wins for his team. Averaging 33.3 points on 66.7% from the field and pulling down 17.5 rebounds per game. He has also played all but 12 minutes in the four games this series however these astonishing numbers have only been good enough to win one game.

Where are the Magic going wrong?

A consistent trend during the playoffs is Orlando’s under achieving supporting cast. You must wonder what kind of confidence Howard has in his GM, Otis Smith, to put together the pieces of a championship team. I’m thinking it’s not high.

So far Smith’s efforts have been questionable at best, signing Rashard Lewis to a large contract, who turned out to be very ineffective. Trading away their backup center, Marcin Gortat, who provided valuable minutes and now bringing in the like of a broken Gilbert Arenas. I could go on, but I imagine you get the point, it would be hard for Howard to stay in Orlando with what seems to be anti-championship management.

What do the Magic have ahead of them if their playoffs are cut short?

My prediction is nothing good. Howard is one of the most low maintenance superstars in the league, it’s hard to see him leave the franchise that he has been with his entire career. We all know he wants a championship, he hasn’t kept that a secret and recently we’ve seen the leagues biggest stars make moves that were thought unimaginable. Fans have already created the website, so you know that free agency is no out of the question.

All the cards are with Dwight, if he chooses to test out the free agent market and Smith keeps his word on not trading his superstar big man, chances are high that Orlando will be the next Cleveland. The smartest decision would be to trade Howard and at least get some value for him.

Where could Howard land next season if he is traded?

There would be many teams wanting to give up valuable pieces in order to get him on their roster. The likes of Los Angeles, New Jersey or even Chicago would all be possibilities. Chicago have a number of players that Orlando might be interested in, I could imagine the trade will involve some combination of Noah, Boozer, Asik, Gibson and Deng. LA also has some assets, Bynum would be in the middle of that trade with the addition of Odom or Brown and without a question, New Jersey, who have the rising star in Brook Lopez.

However it’s hard to say what will happen, Orlando still have a chance to continue in the playoffs, a very slim one, but nothing that hasn’t been done before. Last time someone came back from a 3-1 deficit was the Phoenix Suns in round 1 of the 2006 playoffs against the Lakers. Anything is possible.

It looks like it will be another eventful offseason.

Until next time..


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