Found March 13, 2012 on Pass The Pill:

In breaking news from ESPN. A source close to the Orlando Magic told Ric Bucher that the Magic have promised Dwight Howard that they would add a “quality piece” by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline and that Howard, himself, can decide the fates of head coach, Stan Van Gundy, and general manager, Otis Smith if he signs as extension with the Magic by the end of the season.

A lot of fans would probably call this a crazy move, and I admit that I’ve never seen anything quite like it, but the fact of the matter here is that if the Magic opt to keep Howard and then he walks in free agency, Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy are likely taking the blame anyways.

This seems like an unconventional, but gutsy move by Magic owner, Richard DeVos. DeVos surely doesn’t want to see his stud center walk away in July for nothing at all. The 86-year old DeVos was quoted as saying he “thinks of Howard as a son”.

All indications are that Magic team president Alex Martins, not Smith, is presiding over attempts to keep Howard in Orlando. It seems like Martins is at his end-game with the whole Howard situation and will do whatever it takes to keep the three-time reigning defensive player of the year in Orlando Pinstripes.


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Dwight Howard to the Heat?

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NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic-New Jersey Nets Trade For Dwight Howard Now Likely By Trade Deadline

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Moves could be minor at NBA trade deadline

The formidable tag-team variables of time and money could make this NBA trade deadline week -- the official trade deadline week of the Dwight Howard Relocation Project -- relatively meek. Well, especially relative to last year. The 2011 deadline ticked its way into oblivion with all the nonchalance of a prison riot. It was considered by many to be the wildest change-of-address party...

Magic To Seek Trade Without Commitment From Howard

The Magic plan on trading Dwight Howard if they do not receive a commitment from him beyond the current season.

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