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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dwight Howard's contract options

By Larry Coon

As Dwight Howard and the Magic play out the end game of the trade deadline, they are charting a course through the eight different options the collective bargaining agreement creates:
Be careful to avoid apples-to-oranges comparisons. It’s easy to compare $109 million to $81 million and conclude that it’s a no-brainer to take the $109 million. But it’s not that simple -- the $109 million is for one additional year, and if he takes the lesser amount for a shorter contract, the presumption is that he will sign for that additional year somewhere down the line. So he’s not “giving up” salary by taking the lesser amount -- he’s merely taking a risk of a career-ending injury occurring before he has a chance to sign.

It’s a complicated decision, and a tough choice, but it will be done by 3 PM today.