Tuesday , Jan , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Dwight Howard: I’ll be with Magic through All-Star break

He told Yahoo! Sports he thinks there’s a “100 percent” chance the Magic won’t trade him before the Feb. 26 All-Star Game at the team’s Amway Center. Team officials still hope to convince Howard to commit to staying with the franchise for the long term. “I don’t think they are going to do anything right now because we’re winning,” Howard said after a 104-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings improved the Magic’s record to 6-3. “Even if this is the last season, let’s go out hard, regardless.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard’s status with the Orlando Magic seems to change daily.

Howard now thinks he’ll stay with the Magic through the All-Star break, despite executive Otis Smith telling reporters that the star hasn’t rescinded his trade demand.

So things are in flux.

Usually these types of distractions are a recipe for disaster, however, the Magic have opened the season at 6-3. The more they win, the longer Howard stays.

This isn’t a long-term solution, as the giant can opt-out of his contract at year’s end and become a free agent.

Howard only signs an extension with the Magic if Smith pulls off the impossible and acquires Deron Williams from the New Jersey Nets. 

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