Monday , Mar , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando extends contracts of Howard, Nelson

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Orlando exercised the options on the contracts
of forward Dwight Howard and guard Jameer Nelson on Monday, keeping the young
duo with the Magic through the 2007-08 season.

Howard has played in all 70 games this season, totaling 16.5 points, 12.3
rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. The forward is shooting a team-best 53
percent from the floor and ranks second in the NBA in rebounding. The dynamic
big man also was one of 23 players recently named to the 2005-06 USA Men’s
Senior National Team program.

Nelson has averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 50 games for
the Magic this season. He has scored in double figures 35 times, including a
32-point performance on January 11 versus Seattle. The guard was named to the
2004-05 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

“Dwight and Jameer are having terrific sophomore seasons and they are only
going to get better,” assistant general manager Otis Smith said. “They are
certainly key parts of our foundation, as we continue to make this
organization one in which fans can be proud of, both on and off the court.”