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Mar 08

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • The Orlando Magic will have to do a lot of things to put themselves in a position to beat the Chicago Bulls in tonight’s game — like stopping or slowing down the Bulls’ transition game.
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan would be the first guy to tell you that there are far more important things in life then a game. He’s 52 and now has had chest pains. A former coach told me that Stan might want to think about taking a sabbatical, step away for a while. I can’t see Van Gundy doing that at the moment, especially since he has been cleared by doctors, but I hope he takes this signal seriously.”
  • He doesn’t do them as often as he used to but spurred on by the local media in Chicago, Dwight Howard did impersonations of Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Pretty funny.
  • There’s a lot of theories surrounding Dwight’s disinterest in wanting to join the Chicago Bulls. Some think it’s the weather. Some think adidas would prefer Dwight play in a different market. Some think he doesn’t want to share the spotlight with Derrick Rose.
  • More on Dwight wanting to be “the guy.”
  • The Magic are in pursuit of Michael Beasley.
  • The odds that Dwight is traded at the deadline are low. If Orlando decides not to trade Dwight, Chad Ford of ESPN Insider feels it’s hard to imagine that he wouldn’t join the New Jersey Nets as a free agent if he exercises the early termination option in his contract.
  • On March 15, Dwight will be traded or he won’t be.
  • Ken Berger of with a must-read piece on Dwight’s future with the Magic. That $30 million advantage Orlando has? Berger says it’s overrated: “The total difference over the next six seasons, as outlined here, is more like $10 million. What’s more, Howard — like fellow stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony — likely would request an opt-out after four years in any five-year deal he might enter into with Orlando. That effectively nullifies the Magic’s advantage of being able to offer an extra year.”
  • No one is sure what Orlando will do with Dwight.
  • A roadmap of what might happen with Dwight (and Deron Williams) in the coming months if he’s not traded at the deadline.
  • Endorsements ultimately didn’t play a hand in LeBron James deciding upon the Miami Heat when he was a free agent in 2010. They may affect Dwight’s decision though.
  • Is Dwight a player worth trading for?