Howard says that he won't sign a contract extension and will become a free
Dwight Howard continues to say he would prefer to remain with the
Orlando Magic for the long haul, but according to NBA.com, he reiterated
on Monday that he will not sign the two-year contract extension the
team has offered and said he will become a free agent in the summer of
Appearing in Treviso, Italy, as part of an adidas promotional tour,
Howard made clear that he has told Magic Owner Rich DeVos and CEO Bob
Vander Weide that Orlando’s roster needs to improve and have "14 other
guys" whose main goal is to win an NBA title.
"Sometimes guys are there wholeheartedly and then sometimes I’ve had teammates allow people getting in their ears and things like that affect the way that they play and approach the game," Howard said, according to NBA.com.
Howard’s contract runs through the 2012-13 season, but he can terminate the deal one year early and become a free agent in July 2012.
Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith isn’t surprised that Howard plans to become a free agent.