After playing almost the first three months of the NBA campaign with the old Clash tune “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” as his theme song, Dwight Howard has decided there is no place like home, at least for one more year.The Orlando Magic held a press conference on Thursday afternoon at the Amway Center according to the “Orlando Sentinel” as Magic Team CEO Alex Martins, General Manager Otis Smith and All-Star center Dwight Howard took the stage to announce that Orlando will keep the services of their big man through at least next season. Howard has officially signed a waiver that terminates the early opt-out clause of his current contract and will delay testing the Free Agent waters for at least one more season.
The decision came just hours before the NBA trade deadline went into effect at 3:00 pm Thursday, finally ending the suspense that had gripped the city and the Association for the last few months. It also culminates a rather bizarre 48 hour period, that was filled with rumors and contradictions.
Howard told the media at the Thursday press conference “It’s been very tough for me the past couple of months to make a decision. I’ve gone back and forth. It’s not as easy as people think. It’s very hard. I just love this city too much. I love the people here. I love this organization.”
Martins, first thanked his player for showing faith in the team and then praised the city of Orlando. He said “First of all, I want to thank Dwight. I want to thank Dwight for his loyalty. The city of Orlando is a great city. We have the best basketball fans in all of the world, and this is a great place to compete for an NBA championship, and that’s been our goal as an organization for a long time.”
The best center of his generation in the Association is now in his eighth NBA campaign after being taken by Orlando with the first pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. He has averaged 21.2 points, 15.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game so far in his career.