Magic center Dwight Howard, who can become a free agent after next season, said Monday on a national radio broadcast that he wants to finish his career in Orlando.
“I love Orlando. The city has been very good to me and I would love to finish my career here. I want to win a championship and I want to win it in Orlando,” Howard said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday morning.
“That’s all I’ve been thinking about.”
Howard told Patrick that he would not hold his own television special to announce his decision, a l a LeBron James. When Patrick joked that Howard would say he’d take his talents to Disney World, Howard laughed and reiterated that his decision is two years away.
Howard keeps saying this, but it’s not really the case. Yes, he can’t technically become a free agent until after next season, but the Magic would want to know what he is thinking before next season’s trade deadline.
When Patrick asked him if he’d still leave if he won a title before his contract expires, Howard evaded the question.
Howard is suspended from tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers after exceeding the league-mandated technical foul limit.
Howard picked up tech No. 16 Friday night against the Chicago Bulls.
Howard joked to Patrick that he thought about wearing a disguise and buying a ticket to see the Magic play without him tonight.