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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.

Via NBA.com:

Dwight Howard reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Magic, but told NBA.com 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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Comments

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

The NBA will always be a league where there are only a handfull of competitive teams because it is the league where one great player makes the most difference.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Have fun in Chicago Dwight.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

They'd have a better chance asking for Bynum rather than Gasol, especially if they want cash thrown in.  Bynum and Howard both play C, Gasol and Odom are PF....if the Lakers make the trade you suggest then they have no PF (having just traded the starter and the backup) AND no place to play Bynum. 

Not so fast there balrog.  We all know Jim Buss is head over heals in love with Bynum.  After Pau's lackluster play in this year's playoffs, getting rid of Pau is definately a possibility.  We would have to throw in Lamar (unfortunately).

I could see a scenerio where Howard actually plays power forward alongside Andrew Bynum. 

If that happens, look for the Lakers to enlist in a point guard and some additions to the bench.

Bynum, Howard, Artest, Kobe, & who knows at the point.

The bench would need a facelift considering the only real pieces are Fisher & Matt Barnes...  We will need backup bigs.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

gasol can play c and pf, as for bynum, he is injury prone, plus hot headed, didnt forget the slap on jj barea against the mavs, i think the lakers would go for this deal if the magic offered it, i also think the magic should't wait for howard to become a free agent as with the mickey mouse roster the magic have got, there is no way dwight howard will stay with the magic, unless they get in 2-3 top quality players of all star calibre in, it will be like de-vu, the same as the lebron cleveland saga, if magic wait, its best to do the deal now before its to late and then it will be a total nightmare for the magic, as they will slug it out with the cavs on who will be the worst team in the nba.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

This was supposed to be its best year in decades and yet 22 of 30 teams lost money and the league itself lost $300 million.  Time to prune the tree and trim some fat off this bloated carcass.

Don't worry. After they miss a complete season you'll see the NBA union on its knees begging for mercy.  There isn't a court on the planet that's going to force a losing business to do anything.  If the NFL union is having a hard time beating a profitable league in court then what can the NBA players do?  The NBA as a league will SAVE money with a lockout or a strike........

Wait and see, there will be a hard cap in the NBA very soon.  The league has gotten ridiculous with only 5 competitive teams if even that many exist.. it's the only sport like it and it has to change. 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

 think the magic could do a deal with lakers also, by asking for gasol,odom and some cash
They'd have a better chance asking for Bynum rather than Gasol, especially if they want cash thrown in.  Bynum and Howard both play C, Gasol and Odom are PF....if the Lakers make the trade you suggest then they have no PF (having just traded the starter and the backup) AND no place to play Bynum.  Not going to happen anyway as the salary cap situation would likely leave the Lakers no way to fix the newly created lack of depth as they are over the cap as it exists now and would not be shedding any salary here---at least not enough to get under the cap.



Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

"They haven't worked out as of yet, as the Magic have made it to one NBA Finals, getting swept by the ."


The Magic didn't get swept by the Lakers they lost in five games...



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

i think the magic could do a deal with lakers also, by asking for gasol,odom and some cash and rebuild their squad, getting rid of hedo,nelson,richardson,arenas and rebuilding the team as this team is no way near good enough of getting past boston or miami in play offs, i would try and get devin harris,monta ellis,danny granger. if this was the starting five it wouldn't be bad

devin harris,pau gasol,lamar odom,monta ellis,trevor ariza and the bench would be jj,redick,earl clark, brandon bass, ryan anderson,
daniel orton



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

Top Shelf, it's not as simple as that. The Mavs have a great coach with a good philosophy. We have an idiot for a coach that thinks you can win a title in the NBA with 4 three point shooters and a great center. Dwight has figured out that this system will get him no rings. Dwight has also figured out that he has to work way too hard on the defensive end as well to make up for the laziness around him. I doubt it's even the lazy teammates he has supporting him that anger him as much as the garbage system that Van Gundy tries to run.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Dwight Howard says he'll become a free agent

I don't think dwight howard is capable of winning an nba championship with orlando, the best thing for howard i think would be to go to miami, maybe miami needs to get rid of chris bosh as he can't even defend charles barkley on crutches, if howard is gonna put, winning a championship ahead of earning bucket loads of cash then he will win a championship, i don't think the mavs are repeatng next year, i loved the way they played this season, like their lives depended on it, even more impressive that they didn't have caron butler and nowitzki shooting incredbly badly in game 6, but dirk is amazing, only missing 1 freethrow the entire series wow, maybe howard needs lessons from dirk on how to convert from the free-trhow line.



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