Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  5 responses

Orlando Magic Expected Dwight Howard to Become a Free Agent

Dwight Howard’s employer wasn’t exactly shocked when the big fella made it clear that he plans to test the free agent waters next summer. It’s now up to the Magic to convince him to stick around town for a few more years. From the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard’s contract runs through the 2012-13 season, but he can terminate the deal one year early and become a free agent in July 2012. Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith isn’t surprised that Howard plans to become a free agent. ‘I expected it,’ Smith [said]. ‘I think free agency is a basketball player’s God-given right. It’s one of the things they bargained for, so I expected him to look at all of his options and become a free agent if that’s what he’s going to choose.’ Howard’s ability to become a free agent gives him additional leverage as he urges Magic officials to upgrade the roster. Howard has hinted at dissatisfaction with the team’s roster before: during a Memorial Day barbecue in Orlando and during a charity event on June 2 in Alabama. But Smith said his goal this offseason isn’t any different than other offseasons. ‘My job going into every season and offseason is to make our team better and give ourselves the best chance there is to win an NBA title,’ Smith said. ‘The problem is, after you get ousted in the first round, you’re expected to have a knee-jerk reaction and make wholesale changes. The fact of the matter is, we made wholesale changes during the season. A lot of those changes — I wouldn’t say they didn’t work — I just think that you have to allow chemistry sometimes to jell, the things the fans may take for granted. So every year going into the offseason our objective is to get our team better, and every year during the season and the offseason we’ve done that. So I don’t have any bones about trying to get better. That’s what we do.’”

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  • Jer dawg

    Yes! Things are starting in its infancy. The Magic will weather this storm better this time than with the Shaq thing.
    Hey Orlando! Andrew Bynum’s looking pretty good, huh? Or build your team around a few solid players like Kaman, faruoq-Aminu, and 2012 Clippers lottery pick via Wolves. Rebuild time for you. You’ll save tons of money dumping to LA teams. Don’t worry about it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If he bolts, you gotta feel a little bad for the Magic. First Shaq bolts for LA, then Penny and his injuries, then Grant Hill and HIS injuries, then T-Mac demands a trade right before they draft Howard (I always thought T-Mac was stupid for not wanting to stick around and play with Howard. Any idiot could’ve seen the kid was a future all-star) and now Howard might leave as well.
    Oh well.

  • giogolo

    I wonder which LA team howard woud want to go to right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Please come to the Lakers.

  • Dan

    the Blake show and Howard and eric gordan and i heard their going after AI thats who id wana play for but almost anywhere he gose will be better than orlando unless they get cp3 i would like orlando to get a big 3 but orlando probley not gonna do that they will probley just let him go to free agancy