HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors

March 15, 2012 Updates
March 13, 2012 Updates

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

March 12, 2012 Updates

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

March 5, 2012 Updates
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February 27, 2012 Updates

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

February 24, 2012 Updates

Those words seem to indicate Howard's preference is to leave the Magic, and that the New Jersey Nets are his top choice. "You just have to do the best you can to get a deal if that's your choice," Smith said. "We haven't gotten to the point to where we're dealing, so I guess at this point I'm up against the (March) 15 deadline to figure out if we're going to hold on to him or move him." Orlandoinstripedpost.com

February 5, 2012 Updates

The sign-and-trade involving Celtics reserve Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Magic starter Brandon Bass is yet another instance where Otis Smith failed to do proper homework. Orlando’s general manager should have known Davis — suspended two games for verbally getting into it with Stan Van Gundy — has far more screws loose than your average NBA problem child. Boston’s vets kept him halfway in line. On his own in Disney World he feels liberated to act infantile, make demands and not stand in line. New York Post

February 4, 2012 Updates

While agents and GM candidates are eagerly circling as the team continues to struggle under the weight of a brutal stretch in the schedule and the dark cloud cast by Dwight Howard, sources maintain Orlando is not contemplating any in-season front office changes. But the consistent outside perception of Orlando's management team is that GM Otis Smith has become increasingly isolated and doesn't have the help he needs in one of the thinnest front-office operations in the league. CBSSports.com

January 31, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith indicated Monday that he has no plans to make a major move to alter his team's roster in the near future. "If a string of losses causes you to change your plans, then I'm in the wrong job," Smith said Monday night, before the Magic fell 74-69 to the Philadelphia 76ers to lose their fourth consecutive game. "I think you look at your team as a whole and understand that we have to fight through whatever we have to fight through and you continue to evaluate everything top to bottom. That's what you do. When it's time to make a change, you make a change." Orlando Sentinel

Players who were signed as free agents prior to the season — a list that includes Richardson, Clark and Glen Davis — cannot be traded before March 1. Smith said he is inclined to put the Magic's recent struggles into context. On Monday, the Magic played their 10th game in 15 nights and played without their regular starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson, who are injured. "No matter what the issue is, losing concerns me," Smith said. "So you have a combination of things. You have a combination of injuries. You've got tired bodies. You've got good teams [you are facing]. The schedule's not very conducive to playing very good basketball right now. But we've got to fight through it." Orlando Sentinel

January 18, 2012 Updates
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The best chip the Warriors have in any potential trade talks involving Howard is point guard Stephen Curry. But Curry has been plagued by ankle issues this season, and there is uncertainty about his long-term future. It is highly unlikely that Smith -- or an NBA general manager, for that matter -- would trade for Curry until and unless there is resolution on that ankle. CSNBayArea.com

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