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Magic owner: “I don’t want to trade (Dwight Howard)”

Feb 9, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

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If you have wondered why trade talks around Dwight Howard have stalled out, here is your answer.

Orlando owner Rich DeVos, age 85, surprisingly met with members of the media before the Magic took on the Heat, as reported by Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops:

“I don’t want to trade him,” DeVos declared to reporters.

“You never give up,” DeVos said of the negotiations. “We’ve got a great talent, a great young man. He’s got to look at his options (and) what’s best for him and I have to tell him what I think is best for him. I’m selfish.”

At his age, DeVos is not a guy who wants to start over with anything. That includes trading Howard for picks and young players and rebuilding the Magic. Even in talks of trade other teams have suggested what the Magic want back are veterans so that the team can continue to win.

But what the Magic really want is to keep Howard, for him to look around and see the grass is not always s greener and remain with the Magic. Things like a win over the Heat — which the Magic had Wednesday — can help. But in the end if he really wants out, he can get out. He can opt out and become a free agent. But the sides are talking, DeVos said (via ESPN).

“We like to think we’re making headway,” DeVos said of negotiations. “But I don’t know. He probably won’t know until the end and I won’t either.”

For now, the Magic are loath to trade him. And now you know why.

  1. lemfax - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    Stay & u make and make and make your own history…

  2. joj0420 - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    y stay and never win anything in the foreseeable future? its time to move on but dont do it all lebron style

  3. tomshoe - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Okay DeVoss, don’t trade him, let him leave with nothing in return. See what happens.

    Trade or no trade, you’re going to start over anyway.

    • raidmagic - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      That’s not necessarily true. Howard has said Orlando is an option and he is worth the risk to not trade him. If he tells Orlando there’s a greater than 40% chance he’ll stay I say roll the dice and hope for the best.

      • danielcp0303 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Or…he says Orlando is an option so that the team doesn’t trade him, then he gets to choose where he wants to play in free agency.

  4. icyhuckh20 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    yea stay ,let them put the pieces around you .Don’t be like lebron and bail on ur fans and home town and the ppl who care.Make a statement like u did against the heat last nite

    • rooney24 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      But, the team has not shown the ability to draft or sign players to play with him. It is fine to say that he should stay, but what pieces have the Magic added while he has been there? Why should he think the front office will all of a sudden get better and be able to add pieces?

  5. tomdrec42 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Yes Howard stay in Orlando and keep your overrated self away from the lakers.

  6. ptseti - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Superman…it’s time to fly……AWAY. Now GO….and ever look back on Mickey Mouse…never.

  7. juanandonly24 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Why don’t they just keep Howard, but fire Otis Smith? That team was contending 2 years ago and he blew up a winning formula and took on Gilbert Arenas and his albatross contract for crying out loud….

  8. hwatt - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    They key line in the article is ‘the owner is 85 years old’. The guy can retire any time he wants to, and already has a lot of money. He is not in a hurry to do anything he doesn’t feel like doing, so he won’t. What’s the easiest thing to do?… just sit there and play more golf until time runs out.

    I say Howard walks at the end of the year, and then orlando rolls the dice again in a few years for another high draft pick. Clearly Orlando doesn’t like any of the trade offers of anyone in the nba today, so they’ll let all these expensive contracts expire and just start over. It’s just easier.

    Starting over in the draft, or getting a bunch of mediocre veterans, either way the team isn’t coming close to a title without a major overhaul with some quality guys. I agree with the ‘fire Otis Smith’ approach.

  9. thelakeshow562 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    We’ll take him in L.A Los tru team the lakers

  10. knicks4life - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Send him to the nets

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