Thursday , Jul , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando extends Howard’s contract

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic have signed center
Dwight Howard to a reported five-year contract extension worth $85 million.

“Dwight has already become one of the most intimidating forces in the league
down low, and at 21 years old, he is only going to get better,” said general
manager Otis Smith at a Thursday press conference. “We continue to make this
organization one in which fans can be proud of, both on and off the court, and
Dwight is obviously a big part of that. We look forward to watching Dwight’s
development in a Magic uniform for many years to come.”

Howard averaged 17.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game last season. He has
grabbed more rebounds than any player in the NBA over the last two seasons.

Howard, the top overall draft selection in the 2004 draft, has averaged 15.1
points and 11.6 boards per game in three seasons.

The 6-foot-11, 265-pounder has 152 career double-doubles, and is the
youngest player in NBA history to record 20-plus rebounds in a single game
(Dec. 1, 2004 vs. Toronto). He was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player
of the Month twice in 2006.