Report: Magic will let Howard decide fate of coach Van Gundy, GM Smith
The Orlando Magic have been trying just about everything to convince Dwight Howard to sign an extension and remain the club. The team has been working overtime to make a deal that will land them another star to play alongside Howard.
Now comes word from ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the Magic have not only “promised” they will acquire another quality player before Thursday’s NBA deadline but that “Howard can decide the fate of both general manager Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension”.
The Orlando Magic quickly fired back a response with CEO Alex Martins releasing a statement to The Orlando Sentinel that read: “The only person(s) who have the final say on coaches and management is the Orlando Magic ownership.”
Allowing Howard to choose whether or not the coach and GM would be fired to appease him would set a horrible precent and would be a reckless move. Players have gotten coaches fired before but to allow one player to decide the fate of both the coach and GM would be unprecedented. That ship has sailed with Howard as he has left the franchise dangling for the past year with him unable to commit whether he will stay or leave.
Meanwhile, the Magic are still working the phones with Bucks’ forward Stephen Jackson a possibility in a trade. Howard has expressed to others that he would like to play with the veteran swingman.