By Will Yoder
March 02, 2012

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.

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