Magic CEO: No Decision Has Been Made On Dwight Howard Future
Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martinsindicated Sunday that team decision-makers have not determined whether they will trade Dwight Howardbefore the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon.
The Magic face one of the most important personnel decisions in franchise history. Do they trade the sport’s best center before the deadline to ensure they receive assets in return? Or do they retain Howard beyond the deadline and risk that he could sign a free-agent contract with another team in July and leave the Magic with no assets in return?
Howard has not divulged publicly what he wants to do, and it’s unclear what he has told the Magic. But one strong possibility is that he wants to exercise the early termination option in his contract after the season and keep the possibility of re-signing with the Magic on the table as he tests free agency in July.
So what happens if Howard tells the Magic that is what he wants to do? Are the Magic prepared to accept the risk of not trading Howard before the deadline?
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