Unfortunately, season ended a lot earlier then we would have thought due to the Dwight injury, but it is time to move on, this team out of all the NBA teams easily has the most uncertain path ahead of them. Whether we fire or keep Otis and Stan or trade or keep Dwight Howard remains unknown. Here is a thread for all that speculation, as well as discussing any trades. Let's keep it clean and go Magic!
Necessary decisions will be made" if Dwight Howard declines to sign a contract extension with the Orlando Magic during the summer of 2012, team CEO Alex Martins said Tuesday night, reports David Baumann of Bright House Sports Networks. Howard, a six-time All-Star and the league's top overall center, can become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1st, 2013, and Orlando wants to avoid losing him with no compensation.
On Howard's future, Martins said Tuesday "We'll cross that bridge when it comes to it," reports Baumann. But given that Howard is the axis on which the Magic franchise revolves, resolving his situation figures to be of the utmost importance when Orlando proceeds with its offseason.
Then again, Orlando could delay its overtures to Howard and instead focus on upgrading the players around him, making its extension pitch to the eight-year veteran only after overhauling the roster.
Otis Smith, the Orlando Magic's President of Basketball Operations, has one season remaining on his contract with the team, but he's yet to decide if he'll return to fulfill it, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
"I haven't gotten into it," Smith said of his decision prior to Orlando's playoff ouster at the hands of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. "I'll have a conversation with a few people following the end of the season, and we'll see where we go from there."
Stan Van Gundy:
Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has one year remaining on his contract, but rumors that his days in Orlando are numbered persisted throughout the season as reports of his relationship with superstar center Dwight Howard souring grew in frequency. The Indiana Pacers eliminated the Magic from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday in what might prove to be Van Gundy's last game at Orlando's helm.
"Yeah, I want to come back," Van Gundy told the media afterward, according to David Baumann of Bright House Sports Networks. "But that's not up to me. As far as the speculation... who gives a damn?" Baumann reports Van Gundy and team architect Otis Smith, officially Orlando's President of Basketball Operations, will face a review from team CEO Alex Martins and Chairman Dan DeVos.
After the Indiana Pacers eliminated his Orlando Magic from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night, Orlando co-captain and point guard Jameer Nelson said he has yet to decide if he'll exercise his player option for the 2012/13 season, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
If he uses the option, Nelson's salary--a reported $8.6 million, according to ShamSports--becomes locked in for the 2012/13 campaign, after which he'd become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. If Nelson declines the option, he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, 2012. The St. Joe's product has until May 15th--one full week after Orlando's season ended--to make his decision, after which point he must notify the Magic.
Nelson said in late April he wants to finish his career with Orlando, and two reports the next day indicated Nelson was likely to choose free agency rather than pick up his option.