Now Orlando may end up keeping Dwight Howard

You know the drill. Take this all with a grain of salt. Especially since this particular report comes from our old pal Chris Broussard who is fresh off of “vacation”.

According to Broussard, one executive says the Magic will only trade Howard for a deal that is great for the Magic. Obviously.

And another says that Howard will start the season with the Magic and possibly be traded by the February trade deadline. Ok?

And then, each executive took the time to explain that this could just be posturing by the Magic in attempt to get a better deal. Well isn’t that a novel concept?

The Orlando Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all, according to league sources.

An executive who has had discussions with the Magic regarding Howard said Orlando only will trade the star center in a deal that is great for the franchise. The executive said this has been Orlando’s stance for the past “week or so.”
Another executive who has talked with Orlando said he thinks the Magic may start the season with Howard and wait until the February trade deadline to move him.

Each executive left the door open for posturing, noting that the Magic may be bluffing in hopes of coaxing better offers out of opposing teams. But the overriding sense is that Howard may not be moved for weeks, if not months.

So let’s recap.

The Magic may wait until the trade deadline to move Howard unless they get a deal that knocks their soft off. But they could just be posturing to get the best deal.

Sounds like Negotiation 101 to us.

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