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Magic soap opera continues, they say no decision on Howard

May 25, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

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What’s the best name for the soap opera going on in Orlando right now: As the Magic Turn? The Bold and the Magic? The Days of our Magic?

I give up on the name, but I feel like every Magic story now should have melodramatic music playing in the background while you read it to help the soap opera quality of the thing. Anyway, we have two updates for you right now — Dwight Howard saying he didn’t fire Stan Van Gundy and the Magic saying they haven’t made a decision on Howard.

Howard is out in Beverly Hills rehabbing from back surgery — hey, if you could rehab from surgery in Beverly Hills you would — and when you’re a tall black man going for a walk in Beverly Hills you stand out. When you stand out TMZ descends on you and asks you questions about Van Gundy.

Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard says he had NOTHING to do with the team’s decision to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy … telling TMZ, “I hate to see anyone lose their job…”

“Me and Stan … we had our ups and downs … but for the most part we had one goal … to win a championship in Orlando, but we fell short.” When asked about speculation that he had a role in the decision to can Stan, Howard told us, “I’m glad [Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins] confirmed I had nothing to do with it.”

Nothing. Nope. They would have fired Van Gundy even if their star player with the ability to opt out had not basically said he couldn’t stand the coach’s style. Two totally separate things.

As for the second part of the soap opera, there was the report Thursday that the Magic will start shopping Howard before the draft. The Magic are saying they have not yet made a decision. From the Orlando Sentinel.

Two sources familiar with the Magic’s thinking said a report Thursday by the website Sheridanhoops.com that the team has decided to trade Howard is not true. However, Martins already has stated publicly that the franchise will not go into the 2012-13 season with uncertainty about Howard’s future, meaning that the team will trade Howard if he doesn’t sign an extension or provides no clarity on his plans this offseason.

Giving the new GM a chance to sell Howard on a vision for the future and listening to early offers for him are not mutually exclusive. It’s pretty simple — Howard is one of maybe 10 NBA players you can anchor a contender around and if you have one you try hard to keep him. But if he can’t be swayed to stay — and it looks that way — then you move his before the season because nobody wants the circus from last season to come back to town.

  1. ningenito78 - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    How about ‘Guiding Dwight’?

  2. kacapaco - May 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    PBT is the one fabricating the soap opera. All the ‘Magics r 2 trade DH’ is from a source that doesn’t identify itself. That is RUMOR, not a proven source. I hate when the media fabricates a news & soap opera to attract traffic.

  3. ningenito78 - May 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Dude if you don’t think that DH isn’t pining to be traded then you haven’t been reading every other basketball writer in the country. That pretty much knocks it out of the ‘RUMOR’ category.

  4. raidmagic - May 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Why do you just post EVERYTHING you hear? Sometimes you have to show some restraint

  5. ningenito78 - May 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Magic fans hitting the denial phase of mourning. Understandable.

  6. therealhtj - May 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    PHIL? Phil Connors?

    IT’S MEEEE!

  7. censoredpost - May 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Oh the decision is out. He is an Ahole. That’s yiddish for “jive turkey”. Walks one way and talks another. RonStan is a class act. Choward lies about as well as he hits free throws. I can only hope the Lakers keep a slightly immature Bynum, instead of trading him for a mutineer.

  8. holleywood9 - May 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    One Dwight to live

  9. ezmagic - May 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This just in from Sheridanhoops.. If the heat don’t win a championship the trio will be split up and Spolstra will be fired…
    If you can’t win a championship in 5-6 yrs with a coach/superstar combo you move on and try to find something that works unless you’re the Utah jazz that kept Stockton/Malone Sloan for too long

  10. congocash - May 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Orlando is gay, dwight is gay, kurt is gay, all these comments are gay including this one.

  11. mungman69 - May 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    The Magic should just trade Howard and move on. Enough already.

  12. chiveteej - May 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Again, who the hell is Sheridanhoops? And when did they become gospel?

    • Kurt Helin - May 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Chris Sheridan is a former AP NBA writer who worked for ESPN for about a decade. He now has his own site. He is one of the better connected NBA writers out there.

  13. ezmagic - May 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Report…. Phil Jackson to coach the bobcats.

    Report…. DR J. Interview for magic GM job

  14. diablito0402 - May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Ohh noo,, dwight is in L.A,, he is going to fall in love with that sunny 68 degree wether with no humidity, hd will be a laker for sure now!!!!

  15. ezmagic - May 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Dwight is health conscious and doesn’t like breathing that toxic smoggy air in LA. Rumor has it he has been seen wearing a mask with an air filtration system.

  16. mikey1977 - May 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    There’s no drama….a deal will get done after the Magic hire a GM on draft night….I’m sick of Howard and all his diva antics…let’s move on…..

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