Serious Unrest in Magic Front Office Over How to Deal with Dwight
It seems that the Magic are just as confused over what to do with Dwight Howard as Dwight Howard is about what to do with himself. I received word today that there is serious unrest within the Orlando Magic front office about how to deal with Dwight Howard.
It seems as if the organization is almost splitting into two camps; one camp to trade Dwight now and one camp that says that the team should never trade him under any circumstances.
Last night, Ric Bucher reported that General Manager Otis Smith had indeed confirmed to ESPN that he granted permission to Dwight Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, to speak to the Nets about a deal involving Howard. Otis also gave permission for Fegan to speak with the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
President Alex Martins had earlier told SI.com that permission had not been previously granted to New Jersey to speak with Dwight.
“They did not have permission to talk to him,” Martins told SI.com. “We’re continuing to gather the information based on the stories, and we’ll evaluate whether we’re going to take any action once we have all of our information.”
There were varying reports yesterday as to when Otis granted that permission to Fegan, but nonetheless it appears that Otis and Alex are not on the same page. It doesn’t take too much of a stretch to see that this might be where the two “camps” split.
Let me be clear that I have no official word on who in the front office is for or against trading Dwight Howard, but I do have word from a trusted source that the strife in the organization is real.