Reports out the Magic media day indicate that the team's front office continues to have little interest in trading Dwight Howard and in fact believe they may be able to convince their franchise player to stick around, in spite of his request for a trade, reportedly to the Nets.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst tweeted that "Magic CEO Alex Martins met with Dwight Howard this morning. Said team remains optimistic they will be able to convince Howard to re-sign". Similarly, Josh Robbins of the Sentinel reports via Twitter, "Martins says he thinks the Magic still have a shot at keeping Dwight Howard."
Based on Howard's comments, Robbins said "he framed it as only a remote possibility." Howard was quoted as saying, "If you’re willing to change and you’re willing to do what it takes to win, then, you know, you’ve got me."
Still, by day's end, there were reports from ESPN that Howard was ready to woo Chauncey Billups to Orlando.
Meanwhile, Stan Van Gundy hinted he doesn't like any of the trade proposals he's seen, "There's a lot of teams out there that want to give you nothing for the best center in the league". Bottom line, tweets Windhorst: "Magic clearly going to Lakers script from '07 when good play/trades changed Kobe's mind. Difference is Kobe had years left on contract."
- Dwight Howard rethinking demand for trade from Orlando Magic - Brian Windhorst - ESPN
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- Arena Link: Dwight Howard (Video) - Craig Sager - NBA TV
Magic tell Howard they want him to stay - AP