An Orlando TV station is reporting that Dwight Howard is close to signing a two-year extension with the Orlando Magic.
Apparently the two sides spent the holiday weekend hammering out the details.
Howard continues to say that he wants to build a winner in Orlando:
"I'm not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else," Howard said, referencing Shaquille O'Neal's decision to leave the Magic following the 1995-96 season and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That's the only way it's going to get done. We can change this small city that we have — this small market that we have — and we can make it a big market."
I know Howard signing in Boston was a long shot, but I was secretly holding out hope he'd want to play with Rondo.
The timing of this extension is strange. Could it have anything to do with the Lakers hiring of Mike Brown? A disaster of a move that possibly dissuaded Howard from having interest in LA?