Magic Waiting On Dwight’s Signature





The Orlando Magic are now “expecting to get” a signed “opt in” amendment from Dwight Howard and his agent this morning that will keep the All-Star center in Orlando for the 2012-13 season, according to two sources.

Howard told RealGM.com early Thursday morning that he had, for the third time in less than 24 hours, changed his mind and now wanted to opt in for 2012-13, which would take him off of the free-agent market. Howard has been expected for the better part of a year to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Magic and become a free agent, allowing him to sign with the New Jersey Nets, long believed to be his preferred team, where he could play with fellow All-Star Deron Williams. At the least, Howard had officially asked to be traded from Orlando to one of three destinations — New Jersey, the Lakers or Dallas — and the Magic have been in trade discussions with those and several other teams for weeks.

On Wednesday, Howard had initially told teammates in San Antonio following the Magic’s shootaround there that he had changed his mind and planned to opt in and stay in Orlando next season, which would give the Magic a year to surround Howard with players good enough to compete with Miami and Chicago in the Eastern Conference.

Then, after consulting with agent Dan Fegan, Howard changed his mind. And in a conference call with Magic officials and owner Rich DeVos before the Magic’s game with the Spurs, Howard told DeVos he would not opt in and would indeed become a free agent on July 1. The Magic then intensified trade discussions with the Nets and “several” other teams, according to a league source, that were willing to trade for Howard even without a commitment from him that he’d sign a long-term contract extension with them next summer.

But after the Magic’s plane landed back in Orlando early Thursday, Howard had again changed his mind and decided he wanted to opt in. The team, according to sources, told him to sleep on his decision, consult Fegan and then tell the team what he wanted to do Thursday. As of 9 a.m., the Magic had yet to receive the signed “opt in” document, but anticipated it would. But Orlando is continuing to have trade discussions with teams in advance of Thursday’s 3 p.m. Eastern deadline in case Howard, again, has a change of heart.

This incredible odyssey has worn out not only the Magic, but teams around the league who have had to wait on potential deals because so many teams still have hopes of acquiring Howard.

“Good thing he didn’t go to college,” a team official texted about Howard Thursday morning. “He would have never been able to pick a school.”

Another potential deal not involving Howard was being discussed Thursday morning as well.

In this proposed trade, the Lakers would acquire forward Michael Beasley from the Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal. The Lakers would send guard Steve Blake to Portland, and the Trail Blazers would send guard Jamal Crawford to Minnesota. Rumors of this deal broke Wednesday evening, but Blake played for Los Angeles in the Lakers’ overtime win over New Orleans. Crawford did not play for Portland in the Blazers’ blowout loss in New York, but Beasley accompanied the Timberwolves to Utah, where they were to play the Jazz tonight. A source involved in the discussions said Thursday morning that the deal was on the table but not yet agreed upon.

56 Comments

  1. Boondok says:

    Anyone consider the fact that Dwight Howard is going to go to the Olympic games this summer which will allow him to get chemistry with players that he wants to play with in the future giving him all the cards for his future.

  2. Big Bet says:

    Melo can now joint Dwight in Disneyland.

  3. diamatthew says:

    sheesh dwight’s letting his emotions take over again
    there’s a reason why your head was placed higher than your heart!

  4. John says:

    The Magic should get him to sign a contract with the promise to trade him to NYC for Chandler and Melo. It would be a good trade.

  5. Briks says:

    go to dallas for brendan haywood and lamar odom..or bulls for asik and deng…

  6. Briks says:

    go to dallas or bulls for a ring…

  7. CargoCult says:

    Too bad Magic haters, it’s now official, Dwight has signed his last year option with Orlando.

    This is twice in a one year span that the all knowing talking heads have shown their arse. First it was how Tebow couldn’t play in the NFL (until he lead the Broncos to the play-offs) and now Dwight, which vitually every ‘expert’ had in LA or Jersey.

    Here is some advice to the media know-it-alls; next time do your homework, watch a few Magic games that don’t involve LA, Boston, Miami or Chicago and quit drinking your own bath water.

  8. Doncha says:

    come to LAKERS and u ll use ring..KOBE WAITIN’ for u..

  9. Briks says:

    go to chicago for deng and asik…or to dallas for brendan haywood and lamar..so there’s a chance for you to get a ring while you are still young and strong..

  10. mark#2 says:

    r you guys insane cmon orlando with dwight has a better team then the nets with dwight seriousley records dont prove evreything especcialy when ur all star center lopez plays 3 games put lopez in full season get that double team for morrow stevenson etc. put howard in the middle………..

  11. Michael says:

    Dwight will stay in Orlando. Makes no sense to go to the nets.

  12. Omar says:

    Basicly if Dwight doesnt opt-in nobody has to make a deal with the Magic cause Dwight would be a free agent in summer

  13. rubiowitzki says:

    go to dallas superman… pls???

  14. The coach says:

    The real reason is Fegan wants paid. He took over as Dwights agent in 2010 and gets nothing until Dwight signs a new contract.

  15. pete says:

    is this possible? dwight stays free this summer and signs with the celtics who this summer will be at 34-35 millions i think and then resign allen and garnett with a much smaller contract (obviously) and many of the other players that stay free this summer… i sounds like a plan to me …but is it possible?

    • Magic fan says:

      ofc it’s possible…but it will never happen since dwight don’t want to go there. It’s either nets or stay with orl imo with dwight. Its POSSIBLE he could sign with the bobcats. never will happen sorry, try chris kaman

  16. itsmacki says:

    stay! then go to dallas next season = a ring!

  17. Bader says:

    LOL, in the interview, he refers to himself in the third person….. thats when you know this thing has got out of hand

  18. TShizzle says:

    Dwight is playing the magic, telling them he will sign then at the last minute he doesn’t and then they have messed up their trade opportunities and Dwight at the end of the season is a free agent and can do what the hell he wants and Orlando gets squat for him. watch out Orlando you are being played!

  19. Magic Fan says:

    Dwight, your manager, Dan Fegan, is manipulating you. If you want to stay in ORL then sign the paper. Dan wants you to go, so that he gets paid. He is not looking out for your best interest, only his own. ORL will treat you like the superstar you are. Go with your instinct.

  20. Mike says:

    Should of been taken care of during the lockout. They had a chance to get a Franchise tag like the NFL but the owners were to nearsighted. Superstars still run the league which makes the nba boring. There will only be 4 good teams.

  21. Maverick says:

    Howard knows Dallas is his new home !!!!!!

  22. MAgicsq12093 says:

    What i feel is that, Dwight should stay in magics, U see magics is 3rd in the East right now , if u leave for the nets…Howard’s hardwork for the year will be gone. Nets is 15-29 currently, u see 44 games is over, u have 20 left? Can u guarantee they will win all 20 ? dont be dumb. this will never happen. even miami will lose about 3 to 4 games. What i feel is that, Dwight should stay in magics, and with HORUS LEFT on the clock, they should get maybe steve nash into the magics ? Maybe…offering Steve nash and channing frye for nelson and andersen? Hmmm, getting nelson and andersen off may not be so precise as andersen is having his best season so far and as for nelson, he is with howard for so long…But i can tell u guys ,that howard should stay rather than going. maybe get some players which howard would like to play with during this FEW HOURS Left? Please leave ur comments on my opinion i would like to see your opinions :D

  23. Doggy says:

    What i feel is that, Dwight should stay in magics, U see magics is 3rd in the East right now , if u leave for the nets…Howard’s hardwork for the year will be gone. Nets is 15-29 currently, u see 44 games is over, u have 20 left? Can u guarantee they will win all 20 ? dont be dumb. this will never happen. even miami will lose about 3 to 4 games. What i feel is that, Dwight should stay in magics, and with HORUS LEFT on the clock, they should get maybe steve nash into the magics ? Maybe…offering Steve nash and channing frye for nelson and andersen? Hmmm, getting nelson and andersen off may not be so precise as andersen is having his best season so far and as for nelson, he is with howard for so long…But i can tell u guys ,that howard should stay rather than going. maybe get some players which howard would like to play with during this FEW HOURS Left? Please leave ur comments on my opinion i would like to see your opinions :D

  24. Ken says:

    I will let to see him get traded to the Knicks for CA or OS.

  25. DACSRM says:

    Go to lAKER’S

  26. odolany says:

    DH is a great center but he generally prefers to be the center of attention. Usually he does that in the clowny-goofy way which is certailny less painful for everyone involved. He really should stick to that boyish charm instead of being immature nuisance.

  27. natefilewood says:

    @MarK – The Nets have a better team than the Magic? Where are the Nets in the standings again? Im pretty sure a 15-29 record isnt better than a 28-16 record… The reason the Magic didnt jump at a Nets trade is because you have no one of worth to trade. Sorry.

  28. MarK says:

    The Magic showed how much they’re committed to you by not even a bid for Ellis and let him walk. Magic dont even have decent pieces to trade to get a good player. The Magic record is fools gold. 1st round exit to Atlanta again?? Be smart Howard.

    • Magic fan says:

      or join the nets and not even make to the postseason. I think dwight is smarter than you think dude.

  29. Matheus says:

    Dwight vai para o Heat, precisamos de um pivõ com vc!!

  30. DRO2410 says:

    In my opinion, Dwight doesn’t know what he wants…he is just playing with Orlando’s heart and i think that he’s going to end up leaving, either by a trade or by his own will.

  31. Jonathan Brouillette says:

    D12 has served his time in Orlando well. He does a lot of good in the community. If he wants to change his mind again before the deadline, that is his right. Everyone else needs to get a life…

  32. chencho says:

    I think it would be best to see Deron Williams play at orlando that see or send howard playing in new jersey, but because rather than make such a fuss about whether or not the output of the magics howard, I think rather that it should dismiss oti smith and stan van gundy of that team, so then would bring new life and everyone is happy in orlando, of course otis smith is carried with him Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson also please, i´m sorry mister smith but you are a mess of manager

  33. em cee says:

    leave dwight alone! no one is complaining in football when payton manning wont make up his mind or when brett farve took us through a circus so shut up.

    • david says:

      peyton is a free agent who got released from a team he wanted 2 stay with and won a championship with. brett was a free agent as well and he wanted 2 stay in green bay they wanted him 2 retire and after that he was a free agent debating retirement.

  34. agustin says:

    i´m a magic tired fan. black or white superman…put your sign or leave florida and finish this drama.

  35. chencho says:

    is a fact, beasley’s what the doctor recommended to the lakers, it would be great to see him play there, but what about de pointguard is urgente made a right choice

  36. thejerrr says:

    i say who cares, go or stay just STFU about it, he obviously has no responsibility or courtesy for fans or the team, if he stays id still trade him right away… cause this garbage is gonna happen again next year, and this time HE WILL LEAVE, lol at orlando thinking theyre gonna do somhting in 1 year that they couldnt do in 8, this whole things BS and nba.com and espn should quit talking about it and do their job…. write about somthing with substance please, not even orlando fans care about this anymore.. cant wait till 3pm

  37. ohcre says:

    ahhh, controversies creates cash, indeed for this case.. but bluntly speaking, the magic still just doesn’t have the goods to propel them to a championship.. i juz hope that dwight won’t commit the same mistake KG made with the wolves.. move out while you still can big man..

  38. MarK says:

    Howard your an idiot. Taking the Magic on a roller coaster ride down to the last day.Magic not gonna win a chip with that team. Youll regret it. Think about it. You go to the nets with the emergence of Hump(underrated), D.Will, Stevenson, Morrow, G,Green,farmar you got a solid crew. To me Nets have a better team than Magic. Nets better jump on it and give Green a 2 year deal or something. You got dead eye shooters out of the double team morrow and stevenson. You got a slasher and high flier out of the double Green. You got a rugged rebounder in Hump. I didnt even mention D.Will. You guys are in the same age range except for maybe stevenson. No one is selfish. NEW ARENA. Magic roster is old. How long can you compete with that team? Magic have to surround you with the right people, Nets already have a lot of the pieces. I didnt mention Brooks and Lopez, they’re expected to be part of the trade. Its a no brainer. Gerald Greens play has alot to do with me feeling the way i do. Thats the small forward thatll replace the departure of Brooks. I like Brooks too wish they could keep him. Howard mark my words youll regret it in two years. Then itll be two years wasted. START NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CargoCult says:

      Magic 28-16 (3rd in East)
      Nets 15-29 (2nd to last in East)

      If Dwight goes to the Nets there will be no play-offs this year for D12. On top of that he would be surrounded by marginal players with no cap room to bring additional talent. If the Nets try to aquire Dwight in the summer it will require that both D12 and DW take pay cuts to make it work, leaving even less leverage. The same cap constraints are working against the other suiters as well (Lakers, Mavs).

      Dwight will stay with Orlando and try to get DW to sign with the Magic over the summer. Orlando already has many pieces in place (see current record, 5th best in leaque despite all the drama).

      Sorry Orlando haters, it’s not gonna happen for you. Dan Fegan is not gonna get paid either (not sorry about that).

  39. edgar from puerto rico says:

    go to chicago

  40. Magic Wins says:

    Sign the paper Dwight! If you want to team with D Will, why don’t you invite him to join you in Orlando? Magic is way better than the Nets.

  41. hoooops says:

    wont pay attention until a FINAL decision is made.. Dwight has made a complete gong show out of this

  42. bostonlou says:

    this is what happens when you grow up in a dream world and never have any responsibility

    you act like a little bish

    grow up dwight… stop acting like a clown

  43. prix says:

    That´s the best move of Dwight..more than his low post and 20-20 every game…earned respect and be respected..

  44. Billeh Tubea says:

    I have to say that Dwight is gonna have to stay in Orlando not any other teams period.

  45. Ben (not the other one) says:

    I’ve been a fan of Dwight for a while now, but he needs to make up his mind. Opt in, or head to Jersey. Don’t leave the fans hanging like this that have been supportive throughout your career, Dwight.

  46. Jody says:

    Enough already with this madness. Dwight, if you want to stay, sign the paper. If you don’t stop messing around with people. Magic should give him until noon today to sign the paper or trade him.

    • David says:

      its past noon, lol, and still no news.
      Any ways, would anyone care to explain to me why he would not want to become a free agent this summer? Even if he wanted to stay in Orlando, he can just opt out and then resign, why does he want less options as opposed to more?

      • Magic fan says:

        Because orl plans to trade him if he doens’t opt-in. This means he will be on a team like then nets, who probably won’t make it deep, if at all, into the postseason. Dwight wants to win now. Magic beat chi and miami this month and believes they got a legit chance.

  47. MIDOZ 24 says:

    go to lakers