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Dwupdate: Orlando to hold Howard for now?

July, 23, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Reports ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard:
"The Orlando Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all, according to league sources.

An executive who has had discussions with the Magic regarding Howard said Orlando only will trade the star center in a deal that is great for the franchise. The executive said this has been Orlando's stance for the past "week or so." Another executive who has talked with Orlando said he thinks the Magic may start the season with Howard and wait until the February trade deadline to move him.

Each executive left the door open for posturing, noting that the Magic may be bluffing in hopes of coaxing better offers out of opposing teams. But the overriding sense is that Howard may not be moved for weeks, if not months."

Translation: Orlando hopes (as you'd expect) to extract as much from this deal as possible, and (at least outwardly and publicly) won't be pushed into what they feel is a less-than-appropriate return on Howard in the service of expediency.

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