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Report: Magic could turn to Donnie Walsh to calm storm

Apr 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

Donnie Walsh

We all know the Dwight Howard soap opera in Orlando is simply on hiatus, set to return this summer and into next season — until he is traded or signs an extension.

The crux of Howard’s hesitation with staying in Orlando is clearly this — he does not trust the Magic front office to build a winner around him. The issue is not the money or the city, but rather he wants to win a ring and is not sure that happens in Orlando.

How could Orlando change that? Well GM Otis Smith’s job has long been rumored to be in danger, but how about replacing him with Donnie Walsh — the guy who turned around the Knicks? That rumor is out there, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (part of a long article about the coming front office shuffles around the league).

There also are indications that the Magic could be interested, which would be a coup for an organization looking to create an atmosphere of respect and accountability to calm the Dwight Howard drama, which has not been extinguished but only delayed. Unless Howard is completely out to lunch, he’d have to recognize that putting Walsh in charge — with a proven day-to-day GM like former Hornets executive Jeff Bower — would put the Magic on solid footing.

We know right now Portland is looking for a GM (and that it will not be Steve Kerr), and you can bet a number of other franchises will be also. Go read the entire post, Berger breaks down the guys out there — from Kerr to Tony Ronzone — and talks potential landing spots.

There could be some big chairs available. Berger mentions a rumor I’ve heard — don’t be shocked if the Lakers need a new GM next season.

  1. lakerluver - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The Magic are dumb. They could’ve traded the 2nd best center in the league to the LAKERS for the best center.

    • raidmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      If you truely believe that you’re not a real bright guy yourself. Not trying to insult you but come on, really? There is no way you really believe Bynum is better than Howard.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Why trade one headache for another with less talent

  2. mrhney03 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I just dont understand the Stars of today… Stay and uplift your team and become a legend Like Jordan, Dunacn, Bryant, Wade, all of those guys their besides Kobe came to teams that were in shambles and they turned them into winners. If all else fails after all resources have been exhausted then ala Kevin Garnett you make a formal request to be traded, and because you have been loyal to your team and city you worked hard and made your teammates better, no one would ever hate you for doing so. I never heard of Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing asking for heads of coaches or all of this nonsense the players of today are doing. These back and forth shenanigans that Howard is doing is ultimately going to land him on the most hated professional athletes, he needs to just shut the heck up and play

  3. ezmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Players been kicking coaches out since the 90s maybe earlier. Just now with all the technology the rumors are easier to spread.

  4. ezmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Laker luver what are you smoking? Bynum only has a ring cause of gasol and Kobe, How many 20/20 games does Bynum have? How many 20/15 games?, rebound titles? Devensive POY? I don’t think he’s far ahead of gortat as the 2nd best center in the league. Look at gortats numbers and he doesn’t get injured every other month. Have you seen Bynum walk lol he has knock knees. In about 5 yrs he’s going to have worse knee issues and have to retire.

  5. lakerluver - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    You that mock me will soon come to the same realization that I have, Bynum is the best center in the NBA. If you don’t see it now you soon will. I give it to Howard for defense but in every other area Bynum is as good if not better. OFFENSE: Bynum, PASSING: Bynum, REBOUNDING: Howard but only slightly. Bynum’s younger, bigger, and stronger. Had it not been for injuries stunting his development there would be no debate. Howard has reached his ceiling as a player. Bynum is just scratching the surface and his numbers are every bit as good as Howard’s. Not to mention Bynum has to share the rock with two other scorers while Howard is option number 1 in Orlando. I rest my case!!

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Howard is a superior offensive player, better little midrange shot and a FAR better passer out of the double team. Bynum is good, but Howard is better. When healthy.

  6. bigman420 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Laker lover ur a dumb ass bynum is only good got half a year than gets hurt. Have fun with the big pussy that will always be in Dwight and all the other real centers shadow. U r dumb and yes I am insulting u.. Dumb ass P.S.Kobe sucks too

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