Hennigan: Decision Up to Dwight Howard
And make no mistake about it, (Rob) Hennigan is about to get a crash course on tough decisions. You want pressure, how would you like to be a first-time GM and hear this from your new boss: … “You’re hired! Now go trade Dwight Howard, the greatest player in franchise history. And make sure you get something really good in return that will keep a skeptical fan base buying tickets.”
All indications point to Howard wanting out of Orlando although Martins and Hennigan didn’t come right out and say it Thursday. (Alex) Martins reiterated his past stance that the Magic would prefer to keep Howard long term, but added that “ultimately the decision is up to Dwight.” Curiously, Hennigan said he has been made aware of where Dwight’s current relationship is with the organization but said he prefers to keep that information “behind closed doors.”
As he left the news conference, a few writers surrounded the new GM and reminded Hennigan of the monumental tasks at hand — dealing with the Dwight drama, hiring a new coach, preparing for the draft and rebuilding a mediocre roster.