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Shocking report: Orlando Magic won’t pursue Dwight Howard in free agency

Jan 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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And by shocking, we mean surprising that this is something that needs to be reported at all.

It hasn’t been all that long since Dwight Howard spent an entire season holding the Orlando Magic hostage, taking a relative eternity to decide whether he should stay or go elsewhere.

Howard had the option of simply letting free agency take its course, but instead opted in for the final year of his contract late last season, before changing his mind once again and forcing his way out of town.

The fences haven’t come close to being mended between Howard and the Magic organization, who fired its head coach and general manager as a result of last season’s fiasco, and possibly did so to placate Howard in a last-ditch effort to convince him to stay.

All drama aside, the fact remains that Howard will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. It’s safe to say things haven’t gone as planned in Los Angeles thus far, so Howard may in fact be in play when many believed that signing long-term with the Lakers was a foregone conclusion.

In case you had any doubt, the Magic won’t be one of the teams lining up to court the All-Star big man for his services.

From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic won’t attempt to convince Dwight Howard to rejoin their team when Howard becomes a free agent in July, an NBA source with knowledge of the Magic’s thinking told the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic officials are said to believe it’s too soon to try to bring back Howard after the acrimonious eight months between his Dec. 2011 trade request and the deal that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Although no one believed Orlando would get in business with Howard ever again after what he pulled last year, this report makes it somewhat official.

As if there was any doubt.

  1. somekat - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    In other news:
    The sky is blue
    Water is wet
    Fire is hot

  2. fmlizard - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Of course not. But wouldn’t it make for a great scheme?

    Team starts public rift with superstar, trades him to a contender right before free agency, has a “deal” in place for him to boomerang back all along. Team collects all the got for their star in trade, plus their star back, and laughs all the way to the Finals.

    • raidmagic - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Now that would be funny.

    • pantsfreezone - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Genius.

    • tcclark - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      That’s why they didn’t want Bynum of Lopez. They won’t need a center.

  3. shockexchange - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like these: “Thou doth protest too much.” Orlando wants. D12 back badly, and the feeling is prolly mutual.

    • mazblast - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I think you’re overthinking this one. How about keeping it simple–He doesn’t want to be in Orlando, and they’re perfectly willing to grant his request.

      BTW, the exact quote is, “Methinks the lady doth protest too much”, which seems applicable to the way D12 has played for the Lakers so far.

      • shockexchange - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        If it’s so “obvious” that Orlando doesn’t want D12 back then why say it? It’s like dating. The Magic gave D12 the “gift of missing them” and now that he sees what it’s like to date someone else (Horry Jr and the Lakers), he would appreciate Orlando a lot more.

    • raidmagic - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Who talks in the 3rd person? I bet you are a riot to hang out with….

      • shockexchange - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        The Shock Exchange bets you’re right.

  4. patfic15 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Please use your fingers to type things people don’t know.

  5. BigBeachBall - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    and they get paid to write these scintillating stories….

    • davidly - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I would guess a bit more than you get to comment on them.

  6. niko808 - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    THIS JUST IN:
    Miami Heat are NOT pursuing a 3 team trade that sends Lebron back to the Cavs for Irving + picks, Bosh back to the Raptors for Demar & Bargnani + picks & Ray Allen back to the Celtics for KG. A source closet to the team claim’s this has never even been considered by anyone in the Miami Heat or any other organization, But with the luxury tax looming it’s fair to say it’s just a matter of time before this trade is disregarded by all teams mentioned a complete load of nonsense & Internet page filler. I for one believe they would be right as an agent linked to one of the players requested I stop calling him.

    So when this never happens you can all say you read it here first.

  7. cmart0907 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    That headline made my day!!!

  8. halfbaht - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Looks like we’re gonna be having another dwightmare in 6 months.

  9. magicbucs - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    After seeing dwights faces after every laker loss I know he’s thinking….
    “damn I should of stayed in Orlando where I haven’t been under .500 since the 2005/06 season and that team had no Allstars, fml”

  10. themagicfanguy - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    We’re perfectly happy with Vucevic, thank you.

  11. 11thstreetmafia - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Man, I thought this guy was a better player than this. Turns out, he’s not that great.

  12. 1chilla - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    I’m not surprise i was a dwight supporter at first all he did was want the magic to add players to win but after he picked up his player option on contract then had a change of heart let him stay n l.a

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