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Dwight Howard is likely to leave Orlando- but will it be before tomorrow's deadline?
Okay, so now Dwight Howard wants to stay in Orlando?
There's famous song by the Rolling Stones titled "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and that might be where Dwight Howard finds himself as the deadline approaches.
That's because the mere fact that Howard wants to stay in Orlando doesn't mean he's going to. Howard has a basketball career to pursue and the ownership of the Orlando Magic have a team to run.
If those two paths can intersect for the good of both parties then Howard will stay in put.
However, businesses tend to not like "risk", so excuse the Magic for hesitating when Dwight Howard says something such as this:
"I told them I want to finish this season out and give our team, give our fans some hope for the future. But I feel they have to roll the dice. It might be tough, but I feel we've got a great opportunity. But they've got to roll it." -ESPN.com 3/14/12
Howard has already acknowledged that there's risk in allowing him to play out this season. Orlando Magic fans and management probably are well aware of that already. Let Howard play out the season and he can still refuse an extension, become a free agent and sign with another team this offseason.
If he were to do that, Orlando would lose its most valuable asset without receiving anything more than a lot of free salary cap space in exchange.
When the Magic understand the amount of risk they would be taking on by not dealing Howard, they may decide it's better to pull the trigger on a deal. If that happens, it appears New Jersey is still the favorite to land him.