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Report: Howard, Magic talking two-year extension

May 31, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard keeps talking about how he wants to win in Orlando, how people shouldn’t be talking about him moving on.

But the only way silence the rumors is to sign an extension.

Howard and the Magic are talking about a two-year extension and it only awaits his signature, according to Orlando’s Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore.

Take a lot of salt with this report.

No doubt the two sides have had some conversations and it’s reasonable to think the Magic have made this kind of offer. But that is different than the two sides agreeing to a deal. The fact remains that what Howard has really made clear is he wants to win a ring, and not signing an extension gives him leverage with the organization to force change. And the Magic roster does need to change.

There’s not a lot of negotiations here, Howard is a max player. The money is the money, it’s just years and if there are opt outs. Which means if Howard wants to get it done, it will get done fast. It hasn’t yet. Anything that gets done likely will be under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the lockout. Howard is smart enough to want to see that document and how it does or does not tie the hands of the Magic in restructuring the roster before he commits.

But the two sides are talking. No doubt.

  1. jjstrokes - May 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Suck it Helin!

  2. danvoges - May 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    please proof-read. “howard and the mavericks”??? i shouldnt have to replace your words with the correct ones every time i read your articles. dont you get paid to do this?

    anyway, i hope the magic can get some better players around dwight if he signs

  3. purdueman - May 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Howard would be a real dummy to stay in Orlando, as he’ll never even sniff a championship there and he’ll also kill most big endorsement opportunities that would otherwise come his way by playing in such an obscure and insignificant market. Got news for you Dwight… you ain’t no big dog playing in Florida… the big dogs all run in Miami!

    • barkley4life - May 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Really….didn’t they make the Finals?…..Doesn’t he have endorsements with TMobile…McDs…Adidas…

      Come on man max contract is a max contract…..and players love going to any team in Florida for the no State tax alone!

      Put Deron Williams or CP3 in Orlando and watch them flock down south.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

        I was actually speculating that maybe Chris Paul would be heading for the sunny town of Celebration outside of Orlando. There they could celebrate in even a better fashion than the Heat… yes, puns intended.

        But add CP3, and who else would be a good lock? Would you want to get a great SG or someone who plays a forward spot? I think two good guards and a center would probably hurt the medium-big sized teams. But thats all to say you’d have to see it actually happen. Just like we all saw the Heat get to the Finals their first year.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      Are you hoping he coludes with Rose?? That he abandon Orlando?? Say it aint so purdueman???

  4. zrbk - May 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Either Orlando get rid of Gilbert Arenas, or Dwight will get rid of the Magic. I hope he won’t abandon O-Town like Shaq did … but hey, everybody wants a ring

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