Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Depending on who you believe, the Orlando Magic may or may not have decided to trade their disgruntled superstar center who just wants everyone to love him.
The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too. That means the Magic will be proactive in soliciting deals once next week’s draft lottery results are in, clearing up the lay of the land in terms of which teams can offer the most value in return.
According to Robbins, the Magic have made no such call on Howard's future with the team, but will instead wait to hire a new GM first. From there, says Robbins, the GM will articulate to Howard his "vision" for the club. The Sentinel scribe writes that Howard's response to the new GM's plan will "dictate" how Orlando proceeds.
This is almost fitting with Howard's waffling and reluctance to make a decision on his future. It would be petty and counterproductive, but imagine if the Magic just decided to change their mind and leak a different rumor daily just to give Howard a taste of his own medicine.