It appears that the Dwightmare is over.
In an exclusive interview with Real GM's Jarrod Rudolph, Dwight Howard confirms that he will opt-in to his 2012-2013 player option, and stay in Orlando another season. This makes the the third time Dwight Howard has changed his mind regarding the situation, but it appears there won't be any flip-flopping this time. He is staying.
"Man, listen, you know my heart, my soul and everything I have is in Orlando," Howard told RealGM. "I just can't leave it behind."
Dealing with such a big decision was new territory for Howard.
To help with the process he sought advice from people he believed had his best interest in mind. All the while, his heart remained in Orlando. While he wanted to keep his options open, Howard's intentions were never to alienate his teammates, coaches or general manager.
The circumstances, however, spiraled out of control and turned into something he never wanted to happen. Howard was very remorseful for the situation that he created, but eager to turn it around and show everyone who has been hurt by his actions how much he appreciates them and how sorry he is for Wednesday’s events.
"I have gotten some bad advice," Howard said. "I apologize for this circus I have caused to the fans of our city. They didn't deserve none of this. I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I will do whatever I can to make this right and do what I was put in Orlando to do."
And then, this tweet from Rudolph:
I'm hearing Dwight will sign around 12:30 today. Get ready to go crazy at tomorrow's game. It's should be a mad house.
— Jarrod N Rudolph (@MisterRudolph) March 15, 2012
Bring on Anthony Davis, I guess. Today will cap off an incredibly disappointing last few months for Nets fans, especially after our heads being filled with images of Deron Williams and Dwight Howard opening up the Barclay's Center. That dream appears to be gone with no word on what the Nets plan to do to end the trade deadline.