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Martins: Magic tried everything with Howard

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08:09 AM ET 08.14 | Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins managed a bit of damage control Monday. [Martins] told fans the franchise did everything possible to hold on to disgruntled All-Star center Dwight Howard. "We had extensive conversations in regard to his future in Orlando, exhausting all possible options," Martins wrote about Howard in a letter emailed to Magic season ticket holders Monday afternoon. "At the end of the day, we were not able to receive a commitment from him beyond this season." ... "We look forward to this next chapter of Magic basketball and remain committed to our mission: To be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way."

Orlando Sentinel

Dwight Howard, Getty Images Dwight Howard, Getty Images
August 14, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Good morning FN. Here's to a great Tuesday!

*Lifts hot cup of coffee*

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August 14, 2012  08:34 AM ET
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I think most Magic fans already knew this. It was time for both sides to just move on it had already dragged on way too long.Morning Flaney.

'Morning to you sir. I have to agree with you.

August 14, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Good morning FN, finally back from my trip.
Great news on the Lakers front. D12 will be a huge difference, just because he will bring 100% every night something that Bynum never did.
Lakers has the best starting 5 on the NBA now. Scary. Heat/Lakers finals will be very exciting.

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August 14, 2012  08:44 AM ET

So we gave Howard away ! ...

Golden State own 2013 2nd round pick to Orlando via Denver and New York. ..

2014 first round draft pick from Denver ...
Orlando receives the LEAST favorable of Denver own 2014 1st round pick and New York's own 2014 1st round pick via Denver

2015 first round draft pick from Philadelphia ...
PHIL own 2015 1st round pick to Orlando two years after Philadelphia satisfies their obligation to convey a 1st round pick to Miami <Top14 Protected in the 2015 Draft, top14 protected in 2016, top11 protected in 2017 and top8 protected in the 2018 Draft.>. If Philadelphia does not send Orlando a first round pick by the 2018 NBA Draft, they Philadelphia shall convey their own 2018 and 2019 second round picks to Orlando. ...

2015 second round draft pick from L.A. Lakers ...
The L.A. Lakers' own 2015 2nd round draft pick to Orlando <Top40 Protected>. If The L.A. Lakers' own 2015 2nd round pick is within the top40 selections, then The L.A. Lakers' obligation to Orlando shall be extinguished. ..

2017 first round draft pick from L.A. Lakers
The L.A. Lakers' own 2017 1st round draft pick to Orlando <Top5 Protected>. If The L.A. Lakers' own 2017 1st round pick is within the top5 selections, then the L.A. Lakers will convey their own second round picks in 2017 and 2018 to Orlando.

So Orlando got No Name Players and 2nd round pick in 2013, 1st round in 2014, maybe a 1st round in 2015, 2nd round in 2015, and a 1st round in 2017 ...

the SUNS got two First round pick for a Sign n Trade of Nash to the LA Takers ...

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August 14, 2012  09:03 AM ET

When will the Howard stories end?

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August 14, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Yuup, MMA will not like this at all. He'll convince you that it's good and that they made the right trade. They got rid of Duhon and Richardson which was the biggest weight in their books...lolSorry MMA but I still don't believe it.

and Orlando still has ... Hedo Turkoglu at $11.8m for this year and next ..

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August 14, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Never. Now that he is on a winning team he will continue to be talked about.He's walking in big footsteps now. The spotlight is on him and comparisons will be made to great Lakers centers of the past as well as to Bynum probably.

LMAO,
The President of Dwight Howard Fan club has spoken.
Can I can a Howard Button?

August 14, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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and Orlando still has ... Hedo Turkoglu at $11.8m for this year and next ..

Not bad pay for a party animal.

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August 14, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Unfortunately, the only think the magic failed to do was put proper pieces around him......too bad they never thought of that one

Proper pieces?
Howard wanted to be the main focal point of the team, no doubt...and he was.
Orlando had (at one point) good role players around him.
They still couldn't get it done.
Was it the perfect team?
No.
But any wanna-be star player could win a title with the "perfect team"...whatever that is.
The really good players can overcome obstacles wthout whinning about not having the right pieces.

For the life of me, I can't understand why teams continue to pursue players like this when they clearly can't get the team to their ultimate goal of winning a title.

Not trying to bust your b@lls, but the go-to excuse is that he didn't have the right pieces around him.

August 14, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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When will the Howard stories end?

I'm starting to miss the LeBron days.

...who sid that?

 
August 14, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Yuup, MMA will not like this at all. He'll convince you that it's good and that they made the right trade. They got rid of Duhon and Richardson which was the biggest weight in their books...lolSorry MMA but I still don't believe it.

Oh please.. look at the contract books. Turk is the biggest millstone - probably heavier than Eddy Curry...

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