And all in this frame of time, Dwight Howard, his young and increasingly jittery star, was apparently dying to have his suggestions for team personnel not only heard but also brought to reality. He wanted a say in his fate of his team. Otis says he took those things into consideration but could never really get them done. At worst, he made Dwight feel like he wasn’t taken seriously, which is probably not the way you want him to feel when his impending free agency is charging at your Jurassic Park tour jeep like a hungry T-Rex.
On Tuesday, after his first Orlando Magic practice, Davis started talking as his teammates and coaches huddled at midcourt. He told the rookies to look up the word “family” in the dictionary and prepare to make a presentation about it before the next workout.
“It sets the tone for the year, and it’s a motto that we have to live by,” Davis said.
“We’ve always got to protect each other. You know families. A family’s going to get into arguments, a family’s going to get into fights. But they’re going to be there for each other,” he said.
Robbins has a complete practice report here (and no, Dwight Howard didn’t speak).
There are only four teams that Howard would sign a long-term contract with, according to a source close to the situation — the Magic, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers.
That severely limits the trade possibilities for Orlando, which has said it will not rule out trading Howard to any of the league’s 29 other teams. Without a long-term commitment from Howard, no club is likely to put an enticing offer on the table.
The Denver Nuggets have re-signed Nene to a five-year, $67 million deal. The Nets were rumored to have offered Nene a contract worth $70 million over four years. It is unclear if that was indeed their offer, but either way, this leaves the Nets with plenty of cap space to acquire Howard and possibly absorb Hedo Turkoglu’s deal.
Both Howard and Nene are represented by Dan Fegan.
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