Report: Howard will not opt out of contract, remain in Orlando
Yet another twist and turn in the Dwight Howard saga in Orlando.
WFTV Channel 9 reporter Christian Bruey tweets that Howard has told teammates that he will not opt out of his contract after the season and will remain with the Magic for one more season. No official announcement will be made the Magic received written documentation that he will waive his option to leave after this season.
Howard has one more year remaining on his deal worth $19.2 million but the belief has been that he would opt out of his contract following the season.
This would be quite the turn of events following his comments last night where he asked the franchise to “roll the dice” and not trade him before Thursday’s deadline. Team management was reportedly upset over those comments and the common thought was that he would be dealt soon.
If Howard does not opt out of his contract, Orlando would then be assured of having the all-star center through the playoffs this year and could re-visit trade talk again this summer or keep him next season. Either way, it gives both the Magic and Howard more time to decide on their futures whether it be together long-term or trading him in a deal that would benefit both parties.