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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Dwight Howard signs contract extension with Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic today signed Dwight Howard to a five-year contract extension worth an estimated $85 million, believing their franchise center has only begun to scratch the surface of his vast potential.The signing comes one day after the Magic completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Seattle SuperSonics that brought forward Rashard Lewis with a six-year contract worth $118 million."Dwight already is one of the most intimidating forces in the league,'' said Magic General Manager Otis Smith. "And at 21years old, he is only going to get better.''
Howard, originally the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NBA draft, has not missed a single game in his three NBA seasons. He made his first NBA All-Star Game appearance this past season, when he averaged 17.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.He became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20-plus rebounds in a single game (Dec. 1, 2004). This season he ranked among NBA leaders in field-goal percentage (second), rebounding (third), blocked shots (12th) and minutes played (29th)."This was really where I wanted to be. I want to retire in Orlando,'' Howard said. "Me and Mickey Mouse will be here forever.''Howard will play this season in the fourth year of his original rookie contract, paying him $6 million. His extension will start the following year at $11.7 million.

4 Comments:

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good,now that we have our two corner stones,we can build around them. I dont like losing darko,but at the same time im not with someone trying to squeeze us for all he can get. Now we can focus on putting a good collection of talent on the floor,a balanced collection. We still need to add a big,portland has WAY to many looking at their roster and not enough guard help.Portland would be a good trade partner for a big. Gortat and augustine should be able to help this year,next year we'll have a first round pick which will be a big man,and two years from now we'll probably get vasquez and this years 60th pick at the same time,the next three years we'll make up the loss of darko without a doubt.

     
  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    The funny thing is Dwight signing this extension should be MAJOR news in Orlando, but it's not, because we all expected it.

    But this is one less shot all of those Magic-haters out there can comment on. I don't know how many times I heard someone complaining about the Magic, as people in Orlando enjoy doing, and they would say something to the effect that we'll lose Howard the same way we lost Shaq. Well, after today, that can no longer be said.

    Talk about an expensive couple of days for the franchise, but they did just sign the two biggest pieces of the puzzle. Everyone else are role players, and with Stan as our coach, I think we'll be alright.

     
  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Tony Mejia of CBS Sportsline.com wrote what I thought was a pretty good column today about how he believes that Rashard Lewis is now the Magic's franchise player.

    Here is the link in case any of you guys are interested in reading it:

    http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10253698

     
  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous The Spin said…

    This is a great day for Dwight and the Magic. But how had the best day out of this transaction? His agent!
    Check out my article about why the NBA agents are the big winners at www.clutch3.com

     

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