HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors

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Magic executives, including CEO Alex Martins, GM Otis Smith and owner Rich DeVos, were expecting Howard to lead off the conversation Wednesday night -- hours after Howard had informed a high-ranking team official that he wanted to sign the ETO waiver, commit to Orlando and not be traded. But when the Magic officials got on the call, the first voice they heard was Fegan's, according to a person who was briefed on the call. Fegan spoke for about 10 minutes, the person said, informing team officials that Howard was not willing to relinquish his ability to become a free agent after the season. When it was Howard's turn, all he could muster was a plea for DeVos and the Magic brass to "trust" that things would work out. "Then you're watching the game," a person familiar with the chronology of events said, "and you're thinking, 'Oh my God, this is his last game.' " CBSSports.com

Jeff Zillgitt: ORL GM Otis Smith said he doesn't anticipate doing a deal today w/other Magic players. But he also checked his smart phone when he said that Twitter

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Alex Kennedy: Otis Smith wants to trade Dwight Howard, but ownership isn't ready. "Otis has two days to persuade ownership to trade Dwight," said source. Twitter

One source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the Magic have promised Howard that they will add a quality player before Thursday's deadline and that Howard can decide the fate of both GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension. Bucks swingman Stephen Jackson, frustrated in Milwaukee, is available and sources say he and Howard have talked about playing together. ESPN.com

The Orlando Magic moved today to knock down an ESPN report that said team officials have promised Dwight Howard that Howard "can decide the fate of both GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension." Magic officials released a statement from Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins that read: "The only person(s) who have the final say on coaches and management is the Orlando Magic ownership." Orlando Sentinel

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Alex Kennedy: Stan Van Gundy said he expects to have the same roster on March 16. He did admit that he and Otis Smith discussed several trade scenarios. Twitter

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I heard quite a story in Orlando about Dwight Howard. It seems it was earlier this month when the Magic was losing games. As an aside, one of the season’s more impressive stories has been Stan Van Gundy holding the team together and winning despite Howard’s trade request and constantly, at least until lately, mentioning other players he’d prefer over his teammates. Anyway, the Magic is returning from a game and Howard goes on the airplane intercom and broadcasts a stinging comedy routine basically mimicking Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith. Yes, you can see that as a mood breaker after a tough stretch. After all, it’s just games. But at the same time it’s one of the issues you face with Howard. It’s not like in the tenuous position the Magic is in with recruiting Howard that anyone could say anything. But it had to be an uncomfortable moment with Howard not exactly respecting the senior executives of the franchise. NBA.com

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