Report: Dwight Howard tells Magic he won’t opt out of contract this summer

http://twitter.com/#!/KBergCBS/status/180019901019328513

The #Magic would require written documentation that Howard will waive his early-termination option before deciding against trading him.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 14, 2012

The team has received no such documentation, which would need to be signed by Howard and his agent, Dan Fegan, source says.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 14, 2012

This is the commitment — in writing — the Magic apparently need to suspend efforts to trade Howard prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 14, 2012

Whether Howard and his agent, Dan Fegan, will agree to surrender their leverage in writing and call off the sweepstakes remains to be seen.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 14, 2012

According to NBA insider Ken Berger, Dwight Howard will waive his current contract’s early-termination option if the team stops trying to trade him away. This seems really hard to believe, especially when Howard has publicly expressed his desire to play anywhere but Orlando.

If the team convinces him to waive the option, it’s only because they couldn’t find a fair trade partner and D12 doesn’t want his teammates to see him as a bad guy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/14/report-dwight-howard-tells-magic-he-wont-opt-out-of-contract-this-summer/