Howard urges Magic not to pull trigger on trade

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

Howard asked the Magic to trade him before the season, but has since rescinded that request. He said after Tuesday’s night overtime win against Miami that his change of heart wasn’t new.

The Magic are 28-16 and 7 games behind first-place Chicago. Howard is averaging 21.2 points and a career-best 15.2 rebounds.

“They know how I feel about the city. I’ve sat down with them on numerous occasions and talked about what we can do together, but I can’t do it all by myself,” Howard said about his teammates. “You know, I want them to help. I want them to be involved with changing Orlando. That’s always been my goal.”

Provisions in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement give the Magic the ability to offer Howard $30 million more than any other team if he becomes a free agent. Orlando can offer him a five-year contract extension with 7.5 percent annual raises, while other teams are tapped out at offering a four-year pact with only 4.5 percent raises.

“They took a chance on me at 18. And what did I do? I gave them everything I had for eight years,” Howard said. “Take a chance again. I go out every night and play hard. If I didn’t want to win, I would have dogged it. But that’s not who I am. And look where we are. We’re in a great position.”

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Get Adobe Flash player