Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets fanse prior to game against the Orlando Magic holding up pictures of New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks (left) and point guard Deron Williams (center) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (right) at the Prudential Center. Orlando Magic defeat the New Jersey Nets 108-91. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The Magic's season ended Tuesday night as the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis, giving Indiana a ticket to the second round. Meanwhile, their star center was nowhere to be found. Dwight Howard remains in California, resting his surgically repaired back. That didn't mean he was the center of attention in post-game and now post-season discussions.
Magic CEO Alex Martins, who helped convince Howard to stay in Orlando at the trade deadline, was clear that there would be no sequel to Dwightmare. "If he decides not to sign an extension, then we're going to make decisions necessary so we don't go through a season like we went through this year," said Martins, who didn't seem confident his big man would stay.
Meanwhile, in Dallas, two reporters for ESPN Dallas debate the Mavericks chances of securing Deron Williams as a free agent this summer. It's long, long time from May to July.
- Evaluation process begins for Magic, including Dwight Howard and GM Otis Smith - David Bauman - Bright House Sports Network
- Magic season is over, but Dwightmare will continue - Mike Bianchi - Orlando Sentinel
- Nets-Magic trade rumors over Howard to resume soon - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- "Necessary Decisions Will Be Made" if Orlando Magic Center Won't Sign Extension with Team - Evan Dunlap - Orlando Pinstriped Post
The Orlando Magic? Gone till November - Kelly Dwyer - Ball Don't Lie
Magic have to make Howard disappear, and quickly - Sean Deveney - Sporting News
Hot Button: Will Mavs land Deron Williams? - Tim MacMahon & Jeff Caplan - ESPN New York