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  1. Magic GM Otis Smith says Dwight Howard did not ask him to fire Stan Van Gundy

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy made quite a bit of noise on Thursday, when he went public with his knowledge that Dwight Howard asked the team to fire him. This information came right from the top of the organization, Van Gundy said, so there must be some truth to it, right? Not so much,…

  2. Magic deny report Howard can decide fate of coach, GM

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    It’s nothing new for a star player to have sway over who gets chosen as coach or in the front office. Magic Johnson pushed Paul Westhead out to door after they had won a title, and the Clippers were rumored to make that pitch to LeBron James a couple of years ago (but I’m sure…

  3. Glen Davis to meet with Magic staff, likely back Monday

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After sitting out two games in a team suspension, Glen Davis is supposed to sit down and meet with Orlando GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy Monday and likely will be reinstated to play against the Clippers Monday night. So reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Davis sat out games Friday and Saturday…

  4. Magic GM: Dwight Howard’s trade list remains unchanged

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    There are no Chicago Bulls on the list. No Los Angeles Clippers, no Boston Celtics or Golden State Warriors. While other teams keep trying to fill the Dwight Howard trade rumor void, Howard’s original list has not changed, Orlando GM Otis Smith told the Sun Sentinel. Magic General Manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel…

  5. Otis Smith says nothing has changed with Dwight’s situation. Oh, and he’s receiving threats from fans.

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

    Orlando General Manager Otis Smith sat down with the Orlando Sentinel this weekend, and as far as Dwight Howard‘s situation, which rumors had suggested Howard having rescinded his trade request, uh… yeah, status quo: Sentinel: Has anything changed with Dwight’s situation? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has he pulled back the trade request? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has…

  6. Report: Magic might decide to trade Howard before season

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith said he wants to sit down with Dwight Howard and see where his head is. Prudent move. But what if Howard says his head is wanting out of Orlando? If Howard tells the Magic he is gone, then he might be gone really soon, tweets Marc Stein at ESPN.…

  7. What the Magic should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. See all the teams we’ve done so far here. Today, we talk Orlando Magic. Last season in Orlando: They had a solid regular season — 52 wins, which was fourth best in the Eastern Conference. But…

  8. Magic going to keep Stan Van Gundy, so stop asking

    Apr 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    There is a lot of speculation out there in the world that Stan Van Gundy could be axed if the Orlando Magic cannot complete the 3-1 series comeback. The logic flows like this: If the Magic loose then Dwight Howard is going to be really unhappy. And he can be a free agent in 2012,…

  9. Otis Smith will not consider trading Dwight Howard, no matter what

    Apr 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Otis Smith talked to the Orlando Sentinel Friday night and gave what could commonly be considered the GM’s equivalent of “famous last words.” Dwight Howard‘s  a free agent in 2012. He’s made it pretty clear he’s going to enter free agency, while playing the oh-so-tactful play of “I love Orlando, I just want to win…

  10. Otis Smith content with LeBron’s jumper-driven explosion

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

    LeBron James dominated the Miami Heat’s Thursday night game against the Orlando Magic. After hitting his first 11 shots and dropping 23 on Orlando in the first quarter alone, James finished with 51 points (on a mere 25 shots), 14 rebounds, and eight assists and led the Heat to a win that wasn’t quite as…

  11. LeBron says he’s still motivated by Orlando’s summer comments

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat have already played the Orlando Magic twice — but don’t think he has moved on from this summer’s snide comments by Orlando brass. LeBron’s comments yesterday showed he will be up for Thursday night’s meeting. “The simple fact that it’s a division opponent, that means a lot,” James said.…

  12. Magic GM on Celtics: “They act tough. They’re not really tough.”

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    To borrow a line from Inigo in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word of the day is tough. As in who is tough in the NBA? Magic General Manager Otis Smith does not think the Boston Celtics qualify, as he…

  13. Dwight Howard is saying all the right things, which is not good for Orlando

    Jan 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    Free agency and the years prior to it will never be the same after “The Decision.”  We heard LeBron James say all the right things. “I love Cleveland.” “I love our fans.” “I would love to win a championship here.” But what was missing was James ever giving the words that would bind him to…

  14. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  15. Orlando makes trades: sends Vince Carter and others to Phoenix, get Arenas from Washington

    Dec 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Otis Smith just swung for the fences. We’ll see if he connects. The Orlando Magic have traded Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, a first-round pick and Earl Clark. The Magic have also traded Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas. ESPN, CBSSports.com,…

  16. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

  17. Orlando believe 12 is better than three when it comes to Miami Heat

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    If you like messin’ with Sasquatch, then go to an Orlando Magic practice and start asking questions about the Miami Heat. Pretty much the same reaction. Orlando general manager Otis Smith led the “hey, maybe they should play a game before we anoint them” cries, as reported by FanHouse. “They’ve got three, and we’re solid…

  18. Jason Williams set to re-up with Orlando, securing a three-deep PG rotation

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:36 PM: According to Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse, Williams’ deal with the Magic will be a one-year affair for the veteran minimum ($1.36 million). 11:24 AM: Jason Williams was a fine backup for the Magic last season, albeit one who completely disappeared in the playoffs; his three-point shooting percentage dropped from .380 to…

  19. Orlando Magic keeping Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith around a few more years

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bombs away, Orlando. The system of Dwight Howard in the paint and host of guys chucking up threes around him is not going anywhere soon — the Orlando Magic have extended the contracts of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith through 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Smith is now the president…

  20. Orlando Magic told Martin Gortat he could be traded

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Quality backup big men are hard to find. Sure, there are plenty of big stiffs around who will happily soak up salary and a few minutes here and there, giving you a big body for practice and the odd rebound. Bit guys who can actually contribute, much harder to come by. Martin Gortat can contribute.…

  21. One team not looking to make a move at the trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    It’s hard to resist the trade deadline’s appeal, whether you’re a lottery team looking to shed salary or a contender looking for that one final piece. After all, teams can always improve, and the deadline represents every team’s final chance to do so through external means this season. Chemistry, momentum, and internal development are tricky…

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