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Report: Magic a house divided on Dwight Howard trade

Mar 9, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York Reuters

We all keep waiting for some kind of definitive decision from the Orlando Magic — are they going to keep or trade Dwight Howard?

Maybe the reason we don’t have that answer is that the Magic are still divided on what they want to do, or what kind of trade package they want back.

That’s what Sam Amick says over at Sports Illustrated, in a story that makes sense in fitting a lot of the conflicting pieces together.

While Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri was the clear point man in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes last season, Magic general manager Otis Smith has not been afforded the same luxury. Owner Rich DeVos and new CEO Alex Martins are playing significant roles as well, and it has been clear throughout the process that their views differ from Smith’s when it comes to the price tag for Howard or the priorities in a trade package.

Or even if they want to move him — Smith seems to have accepted the reality that Howard is gone no matter what, but Martins and DeVos are working hard to keep him.

Amick points to the Nets offer — Smith has been pretty clear he doesn’t love Brook Lopez at the heart of a package, but Lopez is still in the mix because others in the organization like him.

Looking at all the reports about Howard through this prism makes everything make a little more sense.

Owners tend to win these battles — they own the team after all. If DeVos wants to try and keep Howard, they will not move him. I still think that is the most likely scenario.

  1. palakerfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    The owners think they might be able to keep him after they beat the Bulls in a regular season game. That’s cool. What isn’t cool is how Howard is going to feel after being bounced 4-1 in the second round. He’ll be gone and they’ll have nothing to show for it. Good luck with that Magic fans.

    Trade him for the best package now and move on.

  2. lastdukestreetking - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    All the rumored deals would only be enough to keep the Magic 7-10 in the conference. Worst place to be. Not good enough to even remotely contend forbthe title. And not bad enough to get within the top couple draft picks.

  3. bearsstillsuck - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Just trade him like you would any other player so they can keep their dignity. He’s overrated anyhow.

  4. loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    we are no closer now than we were a few months ago on Howard’s final destination. I’m a Laker fan….so of course, i have been heavily thinking about Howard’s decision but i’m just throwing my hands in the air till it happens now. my patience has run out…TILL we get some solid leads!

  5. lakerluver - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Howard’s starting to come off as a prima donna. Saying he wants to be the man and all. What he doesn’t understand is he’s not Shaq, or Kareem, or Hakeem, or any other great big man who could put a team on his shoulders and carry it to a title. He wants to be option 1 for a team but his skills are better suited as a 2nd option on a title contending team.

  6. rickkaler - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Why does he want to go to the nets. Doesn’t LA offer everything new jersey could and much more (titles)??

    • darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Dwight Howard wants to be in Brooklyn playing with Deron Williams cuz he feel its gives him best chance to win a title maybe not dis year of course but next year he believe the city of Brooklyn will attract free agents if he and d-will sign long term,big market,more endorsement,a gm like billy king that will allow him and d-will involved in team personal discussion (like which players go get in trades )d-will and d12 will be co gm to billy king and nets organization,cap space in the summer of 2012 unlike like the lakers and mavs d12 wants to be the man in a big city like new york(d-will will take a back seat like amare did when melo join the Knicks. even tho knicks are #1 team in nyc d12 and dwill believe they can turn the nets into Giants vs Jets rivalry or LA Clippers east(cp3 and Blake change da F**kin clippers into championship caliber team that why I believe d12 will end up playing with nets weather he traded there or signing with them through free agency

  7. trbowman - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    If they were going to trade him it should have been before the season even started – that way they could’ve just sucked the whole year and got a high lottery pick.

    Instead they’ve kept him and won a lot of games. Dumb by the Magic.

  8. darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    if d12 doesn’t get traded by the trade deadline and the magic take a risk don’t be surprise if you see the NJN/Brooklyn Nets trade brook Lopez 1st round pick for Josh Smith and try to sell d12 join Brooklyn
    1.Dwight Howard
    2.Josh Smith (d12 best friend/played with each other on the same aau team and d12 wants play with bad for some reason)
    3.Stephen Jackson(d12 wants to play with this guy?????ii don’t know why)
    4.Marshon Brooks/Anthony Marrow
    5.Deron Williams

  9. darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    if d12 was smart he should join the bulls or knicks if i were him but it is obvious he wants to be the man in the big city which is Brooklyn and Adidas want to market d12 in Brooklyn that why he doesn’t want to play with d-rose and d12 agent Dan Fagen wants his client d12 playing for the Brooklyn nets because he feels with a new billion dollars arena in New York City/Brooklyn will sell out with d12 and d-will being the cornerstone of Nets franchise which mean Dan Fagen makes $$$$$$$$$$$ in his pocket

  10. darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    magic is gonna lose d12 ,he want to play with d- will and the nets
    nets are not making the playoffs this year at best make it as a eight seed team cuz the east not good. magic will make the playoff after the trade deadline whether d12 is or not on the team,magic need to get rid their bad contract if they loose d12 take all nets young assets and draft picks
    nets:at best that team is eight seed cuz the east s*ck my knicks are playing so terrible smh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1.d12
    2.kris humphries
    3.hedo turkglou
    4.anthony marrow
    5.deron williams

  11. darealrandolph - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Dwight Howard will be a wearing a Nets uniform after the trade line why i will tell you why, melo wanted to be a new york he got new york,cp3 wanted big market he went to LA,LBJ and bosh went to south beach as free agents d-will and d12 want to play with each in Brooklyn/NYC so it will happen. Orlando magic have no choice to trade him to the nets or see him sign their as a free agent that 30 millions he leaving on the table is bullsh*t because he at age of 26 he will sign another max contract in his mid 30 plus Brooklyn will allow him to make some of his money off the court,new arena,NEW YORK CITY,new shoe deal form Adidas similar to d-rose deal got in Chicago,Jay z, Adidas are working on Brooklyn Nets uniform finally the name Brooklyn is a brand

  12. losangelasbasketball - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Enough with the howard hoopla, let the next report be an actual trade or nothing at all por favor…

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