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Magic GM Smith says no trades coming anytime soon

Jan 31, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

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Orlando has been a mess for the past couple weeks. Their offense has come apart at the seams — they scored 56 against Boston last week, just 69 against Philadelphia Monday, blew a 27 point lead in another Boston game and got blown out by the Hornets last week. They are struggling. Mightily. This is an inside-out offense based on timing and precision, and the Magic have lost both.

But don’t expect Magic GM Otis Smith to hit the panic button, however. Especially if you are thinking about a Dwight Howard trade.

Here is what Smith told the Orlando Sentinel.

“If a string of losses causes you to change your plans, then I’m in the wrong job,” Smith said Monday night, before the Magic fell 74-69 to the Philadelphia 76ers to lose their fourth consecutive game. “I think you look at your team as a whole and understand that we have to fight through whatever we have to fight through and you continue to evaluate everything top to bottom. That’s what you do. When it’s time to make a change, you make a change.”

Of course, last season the Magic suffered a string of losses (five of six) so they changed their plans and brought in Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu, shipping out Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Rashard Lewis. Looking back on that move, maybe making no move is the smarter call.

Plus, you can rationalize that Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson are out injured right now.

The bigger problem is leadership — someone needs to step up and hold people accountable in the locker room. But can Howard, with one foot out the door and flirting with other cities, really be that guy? Teammates seemed to have tuned his rants out. Someone else will need to fill that role.

Don’t expect a sudden Dwight Howard trade move either. The scenarios are out there, but as we have been saying the feeling around the league is the Magic are not going to trade him this season, but if they do it will be after the All-Star break the last weekend of February.

  1. ferhatiggy - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    They can send Hedo and D-12 to L.A and they can get Bynum and Gasol.No trade means no sucess.

    • ludachrisgsx - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I don’t think LA will send two all stars to Orlando to get one in return AND take on Hedo’s bloated contract. I’m sure the Magic would love that trade, but it wouldn’t be good for LA.

    • cinnalocks - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      That is a dumb idea. Why give up either for an unproductive, head case?

  2. Fantasy Football Legend - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    The funny part is, Howard is the only still doing anything on this team.

  3. chrissfiss - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    What?

  4. drobstad - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    After March 1 we should trade Howard & Turk to the Knicks for Amare and Chandler. They are both signed for the next 3-4 years. Bringing in a super star and very serviceable center who an AWFUL contract of Turk and D-12 who we are going to lose either way makes too much sense to me. Forget rebuilding, a few nice pieces around that front court will be a competitive team.

  5. fullvraidjo - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    D Howard and Torkulo for A Bynum and World peace !

  6. kaf39 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Orlando needs to make some sort of change.

  7. adiddie - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Trade jj, Minny will take ya! We’re comin, we’re comin!

  8. mcjon22 - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Otis Smith should be fired ASAP. He personally wrecked that roster.

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