For months we have listened to Dwight Howard complain about the front office of the Orlando Magic. The organization seems desperate to satisfy the needs of their franchise player; however, satisfying Howard seems to be more difficult than one would imagine.
Monday the Magic announced the departure of head coach Stan Van Gundy as well as general manager Otis Smith. Unfortunately for the Magic, Howard reportedly still “desperately” wants out.
The Magic fired Van Gundy in a move that essentially had nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with trying to keep their star player in Central Florida. The team appears to have done everything possible to stay in Howard’s good books. He holds the future of the franchise in his hands.
“Making the playoffs is not good enough and getting knocked out in the first round the last two years is unacceptable,” CEO Alex Martins said. “We simply came to the conclusion that we are not on the right track.”
Howard’s wish-list reportedly includes the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and to a lesser degree, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
“Dwight Howard has been a critical part of this franchise for many, many years, and we’ve been in discussions with him and his representatives about his future with us, but I think the decision’s up to Dwight now,” Martins said Monday. “I think Dwight needs to decide where his future lies.”