Well, at least the Orlando Magic will lose all-star center Dwight Howard with their dignity intact.
It’s no secret that Howard, one of the most highly touted superstars in the NBA, is probably going to leave his current squad for greener pastures when he becomes a free agent next season. Much like Shaquille O’Neal before him, Howard has a certain desire for mainstream recognition and knows that teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets and so on and so forth have a far greater likelihood of being able to cater to that demand than the Magic.
Plus, he supposedly wants to win a title – something that clearly won’t happen in Orlando with the team’s limited financial maneuverability and propensity for signing unworthy players to massive deals.
Already, early reports are indicating that the Lakers are in good position to land the coveted big man.
So, how are the Magic handling the inevitability of Howard’s departure?
Not too well, apparently.
According to multiple reports, team CEO Vander Weide resigned on Tuesday after almost 20 years with the club. Why did he resign, you ask? Well, that’s where it gets interesting.
It appears as though the decision for Weide to step down came just days after he reportedly made a drunken call in the early morning hours to Howard, begging the superstar to stay with Orlando. He admitted this much in an interview with the Bright House Sports Network (BHSN).
"Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine... Maybe I should have waited until the morning," Vander Weide told BHSN Tuesday.
Of course, the official company line is that Weide stepped down to spend more time with his family.
"I have five kids; two in college, a 15-year-old, 13-year-old and nine-year-old and they deserve more attention than I have been able to give them in the past few years," he said.
Weide joined the Magic back in 1992 as VP of basketball operations.