HoopsHype Rich DeVos rumors

April 20, 2012 Updates
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WKMG-TV in Orlando reported that Howard called DeVos last Friday night during the Atlanta Hawks-Magic home game at Amway Center and told DeVos his stance on Van Gundy. However, the person close to Howard said the report is completely made up and that Howard was getting an epidural Friday in Los Angeles during the Hawks game. Another person close to the situation told USA TODAY Sports he was not aware of a phone call from Howard to Devos. USA Today

The Sentinel reported Wednesday that “Howard’s camp is adamant that the All-NBA center wants to return for the postseason.” Pingalore reported several weeks ago that Howard has gone to management in an attempt to get the coach fired. Van Gundy confirmed that was the case, causing a local and national firestorm. Pingalore, in his most recent report, wrote that Howard is upset that Van Gundy said publicly he wanted him fired. Orlando Sentinel

Magic center Dwight Howard has called team owner Rich DeVos to tell him that he won't play for coach Stan Van Gundy anymore, WKMG in Orlando reported. But multiple league sources directly affiliated with the Magic and Howard disputed the television report to ESPN.com's Michael Wallace. "It's a completely made-up, B.S. story," one of Howard's representatives told ESPN.com. Howard missed his sixth straight game with a back injury Wednesday against the Celtics, and Van Gundy already has said that he is preparing for his big man to miss the rest of the season and the playoffs. Howard is still upset that Van Gundy publicly said this month that Howard asked management to have him fired, sources told WKMG. ESPN.com

Two sources told ESPN.com, though, that Howard did not reach out to DeVos in such a fashion. Howard's relationship with Van Gundy has been strained for months. Sources indicate that Howard will be re-evaluated next week by team doctors to determine his playoff availability. Howard's recovery from the injury, more so than any difficulties with Van Gundy, will factor into whether Howard is able to return to the court this season, sources told ESPN. ESPN.com

April 5, 2012 Updates

“Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I am a player for the Magic,” he said. “I am not the GM. I am not [team owner] Rich DeVos. I am not [CEO] Alex Martins. So that’s not my job. So you guys should stop with every other week it’s trying to find something, because there’s nothing. There’s nothing. I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So all the other stuff should stop.” Whatever, Van Gundy, by coming forward Thursday, made it impossible to believe there is “nothing.” He made it clear that if he were to be fired at some point that Howard had something to do with it. Orlando Sentinel

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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

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As Dwight Howard sat at his locker perhaps 10 yards away, DeVos acknowledged that he is trying to convince the superstar center to remain with the team for years to come. "We love him, and he respects us, so we talk," DeVos said. Orlando Sentinel

DeVos also dispelled the notion that — if the team's front office determines it must trade Howard — he would veto a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers because the Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal to a free-agent deal years ago. "I don't have any emotion on that," DeVos said. "I never talked about where he would go because I don't want him to go. I don't discuss where he might go." Orlando Sentinel

April 20, 2011 Updates

Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos was wheeled into the entrance to the team locker room Tuesday night. The wheelchair stopped short and DeVos managed to get up, with the help of a cane and some friends, including Magic President Alex Martins. DeVos then walked in to give his boys a quick pep talk. "That's an example of what you can do the rest of the way," DeVos told them. "Hang tough." Orlando Sentinel

September 8, 2010 Updates

The late bloomer, who clothed Dexter actress Julie Benz at last week's Emmy Awards and Angelina Jolie at an August Salt premiere, and her husband, Daniel DeVos, the son of Amway billionaire Rich DeVos, have purchased a $3 million apartment at the Chatham at East 65th Street, next door to the 1,700-square-foot apartment they already own in the building. Mr. DeVos, a Michigan-based investor and an owner of the NBA's Orlando Magic, and his wife will likely be combining the two seventh-floor apartments into a spacious, 3,700-square-foot four-bedroom large enough to accommodate the couple and their two daughters and son. The seller was cloaked in an entity called the Alexis Trust, with Roberto and Migdalia Bonita as co-trustees. New York Observer

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