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Magic GM: 'Six to eight' Howard suitors left

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08:11 AM ET 03.06 | From the sounds of things, Magic GM Otis Smith will take his time before deciding whether to move his franchise center. [Smith] said the list of teams who are still calling about the possibility of acquiring or "renting" Dwight Howard are down to "six to eight." "I'd say everybody in the league has called us. ... but this late, it's six to eight," Smith said before the Magic faced the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Smith said there was "nothing new to report" about Howard's situation. With the trade deadline next Wednesday, Smith wouldn't get into any specifics about Howard. ... Howard has been talking with Magic CEO Alex Martins, who remains hopeful that the franchise can convince their superstar center to stay.

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March 6, 2012  08:16 AM ET

For the love of God get it over with Otis.

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March 6, 2012  08:35 AM ET

The Magic will most certainly not win anything remotely close to an NBA title even if Dwight does stay until June. The Magic are foolish, they seem not to want to except reality. Its simple, trade Howard and get something for him to help build your franchise. The Magic and its fan base are a buncha bleeding hearts. These people just don't get it!

March 6, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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Howard will be a Magic til June. They'll try to win it all this year.

yup this is their last chance in 10 years

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March 6, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Yep... and the CAVS are in the hunt!!! Wishfull thinking... buy hey if the Warriors are trying to make a play, why not the CAVS

March 6, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Howard will be a Magic til June. They'll try to win it all this year.

Good work trying to convince him to stay so he can walk into Dallas next year.

March 6, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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My kids birthday is coming soon.....
I'm going to give otis a call to see if I can rent dwight for his party

LOL

March 6, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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How do you get something back in return when he will not play for the team he will be traded for unless it's the Nets, Mavs, or Lakers? The Magic don't want to get something back that will mess up their salary cap more. Teams will have to match Dwight's salary to make the trade work and there are only a few teams that can give the Magic what they want and also satisfy Dwight!

Really?

March 6, 2012  09:44 AM ET

LOL!!!!

March 6, 2012  10:05 AM ET

The Magic Are Done, Bros.

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March 6, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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Good work trying to convince him to stay so he can walk into Dallas next year.

LMAO
I was thinking the same thing. He's not fooling anyone here.

March 6, 2012  10:20 AM ET

If Orlando keeps him past the deadline I will feel absolutely no pity if he walks away and leave them with nothing. They are digging their own hole.

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March 6, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Dwight will stay to make that 19+ for his player option. The Magic Organization are idiot and that not gonna change by next wk.

March 6, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Dwight Howard will walk in July, if Orlando doesn't trade him. He's already stated that. So Orlando is altruistic if they believe otherwise. Money won't be the issue here, he wants a change of teammates and scenery.

At some point, Smith needs to realize this is a business - he's going to lose his prized asset / sales tool / star performer to the competition, the negotiation period on a new deal to keep Howard in Orlando has passed. If Smith wants to keep his job, he needs to salvage the situation and make a deal, and let the cards fall where they may. If Orlando falls to a 30-35 win team (after trading Howard), then recovers to make the playoffs the following year, Smith will likely keep his job. If they let Howard walk, without getting anything in return, and Orlando sinks to a 25 win season next year, there's no doubt Smith will face the firing that many fans feel is long overdue.

 
March 6, 2012  12:23 PM ET
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Wrong.

As in wrong again.

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