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ESPN Reports Dwight Howard Being Offered Total Autonomy in Orlando

ESPN is reporting that the Orlando Magic are offering star center Dwight Howard the opportunity to decide the fates of general manager Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season in a desperate last ditch effort to try to keep Howard in Orlando.

Howard, who will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, has reportedly declined outright extensions to stay in Orlando, as well as a sign and trade to Chicago. Several ESPN sources have indicated that the Magic front office will be putting the “full-court press” on Howard over the course of the next 48 hours, before opting to trade the All-Star in the events that they can’t reach an agreement.

If Dwight Howard were to sign an extension to stay in Orlando, it could potentially be worth as much as $30 million more than any contract he could sign to go elsewhere in free agency. The 26-year old is the three-time defending NBA Defensive Player of the Year.