When Dwight Howard decided to not opt out of his contract and return to the Magic next season, you knew that there was a price to be paid by someone. We had already heard rumblings of the desperate measures the Magic were prepared to take to keep him, so what you’re about to read shouldn’t surprise you.
According WKMG in Orlando, Howard has informed the team that he wants Stan Van Gundy and his staff fired or he won’t sign a contract extension this summer.
In order for Dwight Howard to sign a contract extension this summer with the Orlando Magic, team owners will have to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, as well as his coaching staff, sources close to the team and the NBA told Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore.
Pingalore’s sources confirmed the talk has been “amping” up in recent weeks. According to the sources, the probability of Van Gundy’s staff to be released from their final year of the contract is very high.
The sources confirm that if Van Gundy and his staff are fired, the Magic will use the exclamation that they “just couldn’t win in a timely fashion.”
Pingalore’s Magic sources confirm that Howard continues to convey to team owners that he wants a change in the coaching staff.
Take into account that Van Gundy may even be considering quitting after the season and it’s looking like there will indeed be a coaching change in Orlando.
But if there is, Magic owner Rich DeVos wants you to believe that Howard wasn’t the one that made the decision.
“He’s not going to dictate what is going to happen,” DeVos said. “We talked to him about it and the mistake that we made is that we didn’t talk to him about his preferences.
“He can’t make those decisions and choices,” DeVos added. “We will make those, but we will let him know what we are making and we want his opinion on what fits and doesn’t fit.”
Translation: Dwight Howard will decide Stan Van Gundy’s fate.