HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors

March 15, 2012 Updates

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

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
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

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