HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors

March 13, 2012 Updates

With the combination of Howard’s disdain for confrontation, desire to be liked and a pragmatic belief that a trade is no longer in his best long-term interests, Howard has created an illusion with the Magic that there are factors that could cause him to sign an extension with the team. “Dwight’s gone, and [Magic CEO] Alex Martins is the only person who doesn’t believe that,” a league source with knowledge of Howard’s intentions told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

March 12, 2012 Updates

“But we’ll have to wait and see what happens,’’ Van Gundy said. “But if Dwight stays, then we’ll have the same storylines.” As for the team’s ongoing discussions surrounding Howard, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel yesterday the team has yet to decide. “We’re not at the point where we’re ready to answer that question yet,” Martins said. “Sometime in the next four days we will be, but we’re not at the point where we’re ready to answer that question yet.” New York Post

March 11, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins indicated Sunday that the team has not decided whether it will trade Dwight Howard before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. The Magic face one of the most momentous personnel decisions in franchise history: Do they trade the best center in the sport before the deadline to ensure they receive assets in return or do they hold onto Howard and accept the risk that he could sign a free-agent contract with another team in July and leave the Magic with no assets in return? Orlando Sentinel

"We're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet," Martins told the Orlando Sentinel before the Magic hosted the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. "Sometime in the next four days we will be, but we're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet." In the meantime, Martins continues to speak with Howard in an effort to convince Howard to remain with the team. On Friday, Martins met with Howard and at least one of Howard's key advisers. Martins would not disclose specific details, but Martins did say that he outlined the team's marketing plan for the next year "as it relates to the team and how our plan is for Dwight an integral part of that." Orlando Sentinel

All signs are that Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins continues to speak with Howard almost daily to convince Howard to stay. And it also appears that Smith has attempted to upgrade the roster since the All-Star break in an effort to sway Howard. Martins has said he is "hopeful" that Howard will remain long-term, which jibes with the team's overall message that it will do whatever it can to retain the superstar center for years to come. Orlando Sentinel

March 5, 2012 Updates

There’s a part of me that still believes Dwight Howard is long-gone. He’s been looking for reasons, albeit not many good ones at times, to bolt the tiny little suburb of Bore-Lando. Not I’m not so sure. One reason: Alex Martins. The man who once handled media relations for the Orlando Magic way back when has risen to power in the organization, and deservedly so. Martins is the last man standing who might be able to convince Howard to stay. Orlando Sentinel

Martins, promoted to CEO after Vander Weide left, is the now last man standing between Howard and the bus depot. Martins has been talking to Howard daily, trying to use whatever leverage he can to make the big guy stay. The problem is that Howard has most of the leverage, and it seems fairly obvious that for the last few months, he seems to want out more than he wants in. But at least now, I feel the Magic are back in the game. Howard remains non-committal, but there is a sense the door remains open for him to stay now. Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said the franchise will bid to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game at Amway Center if, as expected, city and county government officials support bringing the exhibition back to Central Florida for the second time in four years. NBA Commissioner David Stern said during the recently completed All-Star weekend that Orlando is "a perfect city to host an All-Star Game with all things good, from the hotels to the golf courses to the spectacular Amway Center." Stern added: "We look forward to coming back, but I can't say when." Orlando Sentinel

The league solicits bids for All-Star Games in two-year increments. The 2013 game already has been awarded to Houston, and the host city for the 2014 game will announced 12 to 18 months before the 2014 game is played. In the next few months, the league will ask franchises to make bids to host the All-Star Game in either 2015 or 2016. Heather Fagan, a spokeswoman for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, said Dyer would support bringing the All-Star Game back to Orlando in 2016. Orlando Sentinel

March 4, 2012 Updates
January 6, 2012 Updates

With the future of the franchise teetering on Howard's decision, multiple people plugged into league front-office dealings say it's no sure thing that Smith, the GM, will be the one making the final decision on whether to trade Howard and where. With the resignation of Bob Vander Weide and promotion of Alex Martins to CEO, rival executives believe Martins is the one calling the shots. And among those shots could be adding to the Orlando front office, which is thin by NBA standards behind Smith. The most experienced and capable candidate on the market is former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, who has solid relationships with the Magic front office staff. Bower also worked with Martins in New Orleans. CBSSports.com

Tony Ronzone, the former assistant GM in Detroit and Minnesota, also is a free agent and sources say he'd be amenable to joining a revamped Magic front office with Bower in the lead role. Thus far, Martins has not reached out to any potential candidates as he settles into his new role, but sources believe the direction of the team -- and Howard's fickle approach when it comes to staying or leaving -- could prime the pump for sweeping changes. CBSSports.com

December 12, 2011 Updates
December 10, 2011 Updates

While the agent for Orlando center Dwight Howard was given permission to talk with the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks about a possible trade on Friday, Magic CEO Alex Martins told SI.com that the team was still considering filing tampering charges regarding an alleged meeting with New Jersey officials. With indications growing that Howard would ask for a trade to the Nets this week, sources told SI.com on Friday morning that the Magic were investigating the alleged meeting between New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Orlando's franchise player on Thursday in Miami. NBA.com first reported that the Magic were considering tampering charges against two unnamed teams, and ESPN.com later reported that Nets general manager Billy King and business associates were also at the alleged meeting. Because teams are not authorized to speak with another team's players without permission, any such meeting would be considered tampering and the Nets could be subject to fines and the loss of draft picks. SI.com

December 7, 2011 Updates

The question is can he and Smith influence Dwight to stay and keep the arena full? "We're going to give Dwight every opportunity, every asset and every reason to be here for the rest of his career," Martins says adamantly. "… But in the end, it's his decision." Martins knows the stakes. He was with the Magic on the day Shaquille O'Neal was drafted — and on the day Shaquille O'Neal departed. He assures Magic fans that Dwight will not be a Shaq sequel. This time, the Magic will trade their franchise player if they have to. "Shaq's departure was not something that was a highlight for this community or this organization," Martins said, "and we certainly don't want to see that happen again. But I would commit to you that it will not happen again. Our goal is to make sure Dwight is here for the rest of his career, but, regardless, we won't have another situation that is the same as when Shaq left." Orlando Sentinel

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