Since the NBA Lockout ended back in November the main news that headlined the NBA all the way up until now was where was Orlando Magic’s Center Dwight Howard going to go? Would he be traded? If so to where? And would he sign with that team that he would be traded too? Or would he instead decide to stay in Orlando and stick it out?
All those questions would have an answer as early Thursday; Howard would decide to stay in Orlando…at least for now.
Howard signed papers Thursday agreeing to waive the early termination option in his contract, guaranteeing that he will be with the Magic at the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
This news came as a shock to most as for the longest time Dwight Howard continuously kept emphasizing that he wanted out.
However on Thursday he felt completely different as the mood was that he wanted to stay.
“I’m glad this is finally over,” Howard said at the news conference to announce that he was staying in Orlando. “It’s not as easy as some people think. It’s been very hard. We’re talking a career-changing event. Most people don’t see that.”
Howard would go onto to continue saying, “I’m very loyal and I’ve always put loyalty above anything.”
The Orlando Magic are currently 28-16 and third in the Eastern Conference and are in a great spot to contend for a title this season. Though they just had to make sure that they had the right piece; Dwight Howard.
“They took a chance on me at 18. And what did I do? I gave them everything I had for eight years,” Howard said after the Spurs game. “Take a chance again. I go out every night and play hard. If I didn’t want to win, I would have dogged it. But that’s not who I am. And look where we are. We’re in a great position.”
Well with making Howard sign off on not being able to terminate his contract and forcing him to finish out his term with Orlando, the Magic now aren’t really taking a “chance” at all…at least not for now.
The Orlando Magic will host the 15-29 New Jersey Nets on Friday night where they will look to bounce back from a 122-111 loss suffered by the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
Though they may have Howard’s signature in writing for now, however if they can’t meet the expectation that Howard wants, which is a ring, then this so called “contract” may as well have been signed in pencil.