A plugged-in league source tells SheridanHoops.com that the feeling is mutual, and Orlando is prepared to trade him sooner rather than later.
The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too.
That means the Magic will be proactive in soliciting deals once next week’s draft lottery results are in, clearing up the lay of the land in terms of which teams can offer the most value in return.
The source spoke to SheridanHoops.com on condition of anonymity.
The latest news comes in the wake of this site’s report that Howard wants out of Orlando, and our subsequent report addressing possible landing zones for the NBA’s best center.
ESPN.com, meanwhile, was reporting that the Magic were considering hiring Shaquille O’Neal as general manager and finding a way for the Boston Celtics to release Doc Rivers from the remaining four years of his five-year contract as ways to entice Howard to remain.
I entertained a few questions about Howard earlier today in a live chat session. Click over the give it a read.
I also discussed the Howard situation on XTRA910 radio in Phoenix. Click here to listen to the interview.