The Orlando Magic taking backward steps come playoff time - and maybe the front office's inability to help change that - made Dwight Howard restless and ready to move on.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder don't believe they are anywhere close to peaking following a deep postseason run.
It seemed for a while this might not be the case, but Howard is starting the season with the Magic - though he could be gone by the end - as they visit Durant and the Thunder on Sunday.
When the lockout ended earlier this month, it seemed inevitable Howard would be leaving Orlando. He had publicly requested a trade, but the Magic were unable to complete a deal to New Jersey for the 26-year-old center and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Although a trade could be worked out in the future, Orlando says it hopes to keep Howard, who is entering the final year of his contract, and he has said he'd be willing to stay - if improvements to the roster are made.
Orlando has made the pl...