The Orlando Magic want Dwight Howard to be a part of their long-term plans, but if Howard does not sign an extension this offseason, the team is willing to explore other options.
Magic CEO Alex Martins told News 13 (Orlando) sports reporter David Baumann that the team would like to keep Howard.
"Our No. 1 goal is to get him to sign an extension, so we don't go through a season like we did last year," said Martins.
There was major drama surrounding the Magic last season, with Howard demanding to be traded, then backing off those comments, then asking to be traded again, and then signing a paper waiving his right to opt out this summer. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that Howard went to the media and asked for Van Gundy to be fired.
The Magic have Howard under their control for one more season, but if Howard does not sign, "necessary decisions will be made," said Martins. Those decisions could include letting Van Gundy go or moving Howard to another team.
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