Sources: Magic Still Hope Howard Stays
Sources in Orlando maintain the team still clings to the hope (Dwight) Howard will chose to remain with the Magic. In talks with team brass, he proclaims his love of team and city. At least on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The other days, nothing has changed with his trade request.
One source insisted, “I really don’t think he knows exactly what he wants to do.” A key factor in the Magic stance is 86-year-old owner Rich DeVos does not want to trade Howard.
On days he waffles, Howard then gets reminders of the business opportunities awaiting through the wealth of Mikhail Prokhorov in Brooklyn. (Deron) Williams, his friend, has been in his ear. That’s why Orlando brass was ticked when of all the players available, the NBA teamed Howard with Williams at an All-Star weekend community event. Williams has picked up endorsements with the Nets which simply would not have been available in Utah. Howard sees that. And Howard knows of Williams’ input on personnel matters, another sore point for him in Orlando.