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NBA Free Agency 2011: Dwight Howard Reportedly Prefers To Stay With Magic

The Orlando Magic have been part of countless rumors about their future with Dwight Howard and whether or not they plan to trade their cornerstone big man. But according to a new report from Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld, via our very own Orlando Pinstriped Post, Dwight Howard's preference is to say with the Magic.

That said, the league’s best center by far still very much wants to be in Orlando, and he is willing to give them every opportunity to keep him. What that means to Dwight is that he wants the Magic to be contenders, and to that end Orlando has a short list of players they would like to add in an effort to return to contention. Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala and Golden State’s Monta Ellis are on that list.

It remains to be seen if the Magic have enough pieces to bring any of those pieces in, but the Magic did hole talks before the lockout with the Hawks about Josh Smith. It will be interesting to see if the Magic can bring any of those players in, and if that would persuade Dwight to stay after all.

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