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Magic front office still feels time is on their side

Mar 2, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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Right now, the Orlando Magic are heeding the advice of the Rolling Stones. They think time is on their side (yes it is).

With the NBA trade deadline now less than two weeks away, the Dwight Howard saga remains in the same groove it has been for months — the Magic are trying to convince Howard to stay and are working to bring in talent to put around Howard more than ship him out.

They think the longer they wait, the better their choices. As proof, we bring you the latest comments from Magic CEO Alex Martins, via the Orlando Sentinel.

“We have a couple of weeks until the trade deadline, which is a critical point on the calendar to determine how we can move forward together,” Martins said of the ongoing Dwight saga. “Our conversations with Dwight continue, and I feel good about the conversations we’ve had. … I’ve said all along our reason for not trading Dwight at the beginning of the season is that time would be on our side one way or another. Time would be on our side in the fact that we could work with Dwight to address his needs and ultimately convince him to stay. Or time would work on our side in that if Dwight made the decision that he didn’t want to stay, we would have more time to talk to other teams about what trade possibilities exist.”

Unlike last season when Knicks owner James Dolan hijacked the process and gave the Nuggets a much better deal, the Magic are not going to see trade offers improve dramatically.

If the Magic hold on too long, they could be singing another Rolling Stones classic — “I can’t get no satisfaction.”

  1. rotaylla - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    That’s exactly the song Orlando magic will be singing come free agency..will be waiting to hear how that would sound…once beaten twice shy they say…

  2. doctorfootball - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    The names I keep hearing in trade rumors for Orlando, (Monta Ellis/Steve Nash) don’t inspire too much confidence about what the magic have in mind when they say “improving the team.” Monta can score, but he’s no Deron Williams. And how long does anyone think that Steve Nash will remain at the top of his game? Two, maybe 3 years? Dwight wants to play with another 1 or 2 stars around his age. He also wants to play in a bigger market.

  3. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    What a damn shame, howard should just sign with the clippers and shock the world…

  4. wizahdry - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    This has gotten ridiculous. The magic are like a jaded school girl who won’t accept that an ex boyfriend doesn’t want them anymore. Less than 2 weeks form the trade dead line and they are still trying to convince him to stay, Dwight probably threw out getting Nash to get the Magic off his back. That way he can get to the off season and just tell them he had a change of heart and opt out any way. Who really thinks the guy has weathered all of this drama and is a few months from being a free agent to just stay in Orlando.

    The Magic need to trade him and start rebuilding. It’s gone on long enough, they have to accept reality and move on. GM Otis Smith needs to be fired for losing the teams superstar and not having a decent exit plan.

  5. stayhigh_247 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    The Magic front office is in denial, nevermind the boxes by the front door, Dwight having his mail rerouted and his name taken off his locker. Yeah sure, he’s still in love with you Orlando! Unless they can trade for Kobe and KD this is a wrap!

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