With constant rumors swirling around his star player, Magic GM Otis Smith tried to quell the expectations of another ‘Melodrama. Smith said all the right things and even claimed that the Magic had offered Howard a two year extension earlier this season, but were unsure as to how serious Howard and his camp would consider it. Smith also said that the Magic are “not trading him (Howard).”
Essentially, Otis Smith is trying to avoid what happened with Denver this season. Carmelo news dominated the locker room of the Nuggets until the day he was traded and was obviously a distraction to the fans and the players. Ideally, the Nets should attempt to swipe Howard from Orlando over the offseason once the CBA issue is resolved.