According to the Orlando Sentinel, WKMG sports anchor David Pingatore said last Sunday that Dwight Howard would sign a two-year contract extension with the Orlando Magic.
Howard, who was helping tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama said “There’s no truth to that.”
In order to sign an extension with the Orlando Magic, Howard would have to sign before the collective bargaining agreement that ends on July 1st.
Howard made it clear that he wants to be in Orlando, but he will not sign a extension.
Kobe Bryant went through a similar situation in 2007 when he said the Lakers would have to prove to him that they are willing to go get him help, and become a true championship contender.
Bryant’s now famous quote, “Do something, and do it now!” was said after being beat by the Phoenix Suns in the first round, back in the 2007 playoffs.
Howard is voicing those same frustrations:
“I do want to win, [the Magic need to] make sure everything is in line: our team, just everything from top to bottom, everybody is reaching for a championship. It can’t be me and a couple other guys. Its gotta be the whole team – everybody on the staff. It’s the same goal: the championship attitude.” he said.
The Orlando Magic have two choices.
One, they trade Howard while he is still under contract to get something in return (i.e. Denver Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony)
Two, they do their best to try and prove to Howard that they want to win a championship, and possibly lose him for nothing (i.e. Lebron James and the Cavaliers)
Of course, Laker fans are hoping for the first option.