Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins told Yahoo! Sports that they are still attempting to convince center Dwight Howard to sign a long-term deal with the club, and have not yet begun the process of preparing to trade him.
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Howard made headlines prior to the season when he requested that the Magic trade him. Prior to that demand, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year stated that if Orlando is unable to surround him with a championship caliber team, that he would opt out of his existing contract and become a free-agent this offseason. The Magic made the decision not to move Howard in December with the hopes that they could convince him to stay. Howard is averaging 20.2 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game this season for the 23-14 Magic.