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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Howard Signs Waiver To Stay In Orlando For 2012-13

It appears that Dwight Howard has officially signed away his opt-out clause for his contract and will be staying with the Orlando Magic for the 2012-13 season, according to ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard.

If this is indeed true, the Magic have just put themselves as a contender for the NBA championship this season. It does raise the question now about what is going to go on next year around this time when Howard's contract officially ends.

Whats even more surprising is the fact that this waiver will go through without the signature of Howard's agent Dan Fegan.

One can wonder now what the relationship between agent and player will be after this situation.

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