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It’s official — Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando next season

Mar 15, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

The Orlando Magic did not win the war, they just earned the right to fight it for another year.

Multiple reports now confirm that Howard has waived the opt-out clause in his contract, meaning he will remain with the Magic for the 2012-13 season. And make $19.5 million. Which is pretty good money where I come from. Chris Broussard of ESPN was the first to report the official signing, although RealGM broke the story last night Howard had finally settled on signing the waiver.

Interestingly, Howard was allowed to execute the waiver without he signature of his agent Dan Fegan, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Howard had flip-flopped worse than a presidential candidate the last 48 hours between wanting to stay with the Magic and wanting to keep his free agent options open.

He said that he had wanted to stay but had been getting bad advice. He apologized to the fans of the Orlando Magic for the “circus” he put them through.

But the circus will be back in town next year unless the Magic make improvements to their roster. Howard wants to win and thinks they are close right now in Orlando — that’s why he wants to stay — but the reality is they are still a couple steps behind both the Heat and the Bulls. They will need to find a way to improve this roster or next trade deadline we will all be right back in the same place.

  1. plum13sec - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    clusterf*ck

  2. jumbossportsblog - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog and commented:
    Wonder who the Magic are going to get to surround him.

  3. chitownmatt - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    And Al Capone’s vault is…..

    …..empty.

    fizzle. fizzle. silence……..

  4. 1bucfan813 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Now the Magic need to get another superstar! You can’t have a team full of role bench players.

  5. doctorfootball - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Orlando’s front office can’t be too excited about this. All Howard did was give them one more year to bring in another star player. But the Magic don’t have the assets to get another star. So next year they’ll be in the same situation. So, congrats on buying another year of Dwight in Orlando.

  6. phillyrox - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Well this certainly goes against the narrative that he is some money grabbing jerk who only cares about being famous and is out no matter what.

    Good for you Dwight way to stay and prove everyone wrong about you.

  7. gmsalpha - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I’m disappointed as a Magic fan. The drama will only linger now because Otis Smith is a bottom 3 GM and beginning with that awful Rashard Lewis deal, has no idea what he’s doing.

  8. brooklynbulls - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Great…..look forward to having him annoy the hell out of us another year

  9. raidmagic - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Yeah they are so far behind having just lost 2 out of 3 against teams that are in the top 5 in the NBA right now …oh wait…what’s that? They just beat won 2 of 3?

    Look I’m not going to pretend we are better than who’s ahead of us but we are as good and they’ve proved it. How about a little credit for what has been accomplished with all the distraction.

  10. ezmagic - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Magic CAN compete for a title. The magic never get credit or recognized. We beat cavs and celtics without home court a few years ago. Nobody thought that would happen. 1st team EVER to beat Boston in a gm 7 in Boston. 3rd best record behind lakers, celtics the last 4 years including playoffs. Still no respect for the magic. Thanks for giving the magic another chance. Don’t mess it up OTIS!!!!

  11. paulied14 - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Note to young players coming in to the league: Cry and Pout and you’ll get the Salary you’d like. :)

  12. Joe Munley - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Congratulations Orlando! You now get to endure the same nonsense next season! Bravo!

    Dwight Howard’s Con Game.

  13. davidly - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Kurt, not to nitpick, but isn’t he staying with in Orlando AND keeping his free agency options open?

    I look in vain for all of those who were pissing and moaning the last few something-or-anothers about Howard’s alleged pissing and moaning, when, in fact, the only pissing and moaning was coming from those on forums like these who were getting their info from “sources” via the media.

    Maybe I’m wrong (if you got a direct quote or vid, link it), but it seems to me that Howard has conducted himself pretty well throughout this thing and is showing loyalty to his team (not least of which his teammates), which is admirable.

    Now his freethrow shooting, on the other hand…

  14. jimeejohnson - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Howard should have committed to Orlando for the rest of his contract. He has plenty of time to go to a contender. Wilt Chamberlain is remembered as a Laker even though he won his first championship with the Philadelphia Warriors. I think Howard will eventually get the most massive contract of all time when he plays out his option. Just focus on the here and now and let the future ($) take care of itself, which it will if he helps the Magic compete for a championship. Beating the Heat means a lot. The Magic revolve around Dwight Howard. He makes a team elite!

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      He did commit for the rest of his existing contract, which was one year. He can sign an extension beyond that year, if he so chooses.

  15. anderds1 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I’m betting the Magic gave Howard a promise they would not trade him before his contract is up end of next season. That way, the Magic have all kinds of cap space with Nelson, Reddick, and Howard’s contract expiring and either Howard can recruit other players to resign with the Magic or he walks and they are left with all kinds of money to spend.

  16. jimbo75025 - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Ok so now he is signed through next year-so trade him to a crappy team for some decent picks and put him in the NBA version of prison for 18 months where there is no chance he will sniff the playoffs. If memory serves, his contract with Adidas is heavily dependant on his team making the playoffs. Punishment enough for putting everybody through this crap for 6 months.

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