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Richard DeVos Sr. Orlando Magic owner says he would like disgruntled center Dwight Howard to remain in Orlando.

“I do not really want to trade him,” the 85-year-old DeVos recounted of Howard, who is eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season. Baseball betting lines

The owner DeVos surprisingly addressed the media in the Orlando Magic dressing room about an hour before Wednesday’s game versus the Miami Heat.

While players such as Jason Richardson and Daniel Orton went out of their way to greet DeVos, Howard didn’t acknowledge the wheelchair-bound owner upon entering the locker room or during DeVos’ media session.

Howard has in public requested a trade from Orlando.

“We prefer to think we’re making advancement,” DeVos announced of dialogues with Howard and his delegates. “But I don’t know. He probably won’t know until the end and I won’t either.”

When questioned if he could put a percentage possibility on Howard remaining with the team long-term, DeVos claimed he wouldn’t put a number on it. Baseball lines

“I don’t bet on that, I just plan on him staying,” the owner expounded.

DeVos said that he talked to Howard latterly, but that his son, Dan DeVos, was in control of talks with Howard.

“You never leave,” DeVos related of the negotiations. “We’ve got a great talent a fantastic young man. He has got to take a look at his options (and) what’s best for him and I have to tell him what I believe is the best for him. I am egocentric.”

DeVos said that without reference to the result, his opinion about Howard won’t alter.

“The respect for people is fundamental,” DeVos recounted. “They have their profit where they would like to go and they might or might not agree with mine. Life continues.”

DeVos related that the indisputable fact that Shaquille O’Neal left the Magic as a free agent to adhere the L.A Lakers has no consequences on Howard’s scenario.

“That’s a considerable time ago,” DeVos said. “He’s a good person and an excellent guy. When you’re young, you shop.”
Howard became the 1st NBA player this season to file a double-double in the 1st quarter on the way to finishing with 25 points and 24 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat.

It was the 6th 20-20 game of the time for Howard. No other player in the league has more than 2 such games, and the remainder of the league has combined to only match Howard’s total. That’s not a singular position for Howard; during the 2008-09 season, he had 9 20-20 games while the remainder of the league mixed for eight.

Howard doesn’t frequently shoot from behind the arc, but he did attempt his fifth 3-pointer of the season, he wasn’t the sole Magic player to go long-range in the game. Orlando attempted a franchise-record 42 3-pointers. The Magic were the 5th team since the 1996-1997 season to try more shots from 3-point range than inside the arc in a one game.

Howard, 26 year old, is averaging 20.9 points and 15.1 rebounds and has been nominated to start the All-Star Game, which is being held in Orlando in late February. Howard can become a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

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