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Magic officials “disgusted” by Howard as they talk to Lakers, Knicks

Mar 14, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

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The Orlando Magic ownership — and that is who ultimately makes this call — is still deciding what to do.

Dwight Howard wants the Orlando Magic to “roll the dice” on him and keep him through the end of the season. It’s all about winning, he said. Don’t think this is about keeping his options open and making sure if he does leave via free agency this summer the franchise where he lands will not have gutted itself of good players to get him. Nope, not about that at all. It’s all about the winning.

Magic officials are still looking at their options — and talking trade — but Howard’s rant frustrated them, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

After Howard and Magic executives had promised each other to keep their conversations private, some team executives were privately disgusted with his public comments Tuesday night.

As Tom Ziller notes at SBN, those same “disgusted” officials would pretty much do anything — disgusting or otherwise — to get him to stay.

The Magic are still fielding offers for Howard in the event owner Rich DeVos decides he wants to trade Howard. That includes even talking to the Knicks, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Which has to be exactly the kind of focused, professional franchise Howard always dreamed of playing for.

Sources say the Lakers and even the Knicks are among the teams who have engaged with the Magic in recent days. Howard has told close friends that he doesn’t want to play for the Lakers, but deals have been discussed between the two teams with the shared hope that he would change his stance.

While Golden State’s trade for Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut on Tuesday night took them out of the running for Howard in what would have been a “rental” situation, Houston remains willing to trade for Howard without any assurances that he will re-sign.

All the trade offers and whatever Howard himself says at this point is pure window dressings. The only thing that matters now is the call DeVos makes — he will make the decision on trading or keeping Howard. The ball is in his court.

  1. deshackle - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    The minimum age for the NBA should be 30.

  2. thetooloftools - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Howard will stab Orlando in the back. He doesn’t want to play there or would have agreed to terms by now so they could build around him. He’s not going to sign ANYWHERE which is why all the offers are lowball as well. Orlando needs to cut ties with this idiot and get what they can for him. Firing Van Gundy was just wrong. Howard is NOT showing ANY leadership by not committing to a long term deal. Orlando better face the fact he’s leaving and the sooner the better.

  3. jbraxton3rd - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Correction….It’s not about winning, it’s about whining!!

  4. hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    As a Knicks fan I find it hilarious that we always have our names on every hat, funny as Hell!

  5. 1historian - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    If they had a lick of sense they would just get the best deal they can and get rid of the guy.

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