Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said that the team hopes to sign center Dwight Howard to a contract extension this summer, but that they will make appropriate “decisions” prior to next season if they are not able to, according to Bright House Sports Network.
"If he decides not to sign an extension, then we're going to make decisions necessary so we don't go through a season like we went through this year," Martins said.
When asked if that meant Orlando would look to trade Howard, Martis said, "We'll cross that bridge when we get there but our number one goal is to get him to sign an extension this summer."
Howard had requested a trade from the club prior to the 2011-12 season, but later signed a document with the club that waived his right to opt out of his contract this offseason. It was believed at the time that this agreement would keep Howard in a Magic uniform through at least next year’s trade deadline, however tensions have grown between the player, the coaching staff, and the organization in recent weeks. Prior to his season ending back injury, the six-time All-Star was averaging 20.6 points, 14.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.