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No extension for Stan Van Gundy could make things awkward in Orlando


Time to talk about the contract extension in Orlando… no, not that one. We’ll all be forced to be back on Dwight Howard watch this summer, we can give it a rest until then.

But during the whole Howard saga there was that report that the Magic told Howard if he signed an extension he could have say on who would be the coach and GM. Something everybody denied. Even though we know Van Gundy’s in your face, more negative style grates on Howard who likes it light and positive.

Well, thing is Stan Van Gundy’s contract is up at the same time as Howard’s the summer of 2013. Which makes the whole extension with Howard and Van Gundy a little awkward. A column by Brian Schmitz at the Orlando Sentinel covered this (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie).

If it would make Howard happier to have a new coach — happy enough to sign an extension — how do the Magic fire Stan without making Dwight look like the bad guy who orchestrated his exit?…

CEO Alex Martins might have to take the hit, a move made easier if the team doesn’t have playoff success this season. But if the Magic reach the East Finals, how do they justify pushing out Van Gundy?

The Magic and Van Gundy already have had some discussions. I say something has to give this offseason.

There is a book out there on how to beat the Magic, and likely first round opponent Atlanta has it — single cover Dwight Howard (with Jason Collins in this case) and stay home on the shooters. It worked in the playoffs last year, it could again this year. And with two first round playoff exits you could make the case it is time for a change.

But it is still going to look like Howard pulled the lever on that move. Fair or not.

Plus, bring in a new coach and you’re going to need new personnel to fit the system. (Well, you may anyway, this roster as is doesn’t beat the Bulls or Heat in seven games, but not as big a shift.) New coach should mean a mini-rebuild, which might not keep Howard.

The Magic need to extend Van Gundy this summer. They need to not just put the entire franchise in flux. They are not going to find a better coach. Lock the man up.

Winderman: Why Orlando has to trade Dwight Howard

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That’s a pretty impressive piece of trivia that Stan Van Gundy is about to be attached to, if you believe the scuttlebutt: the first NBA head coach to be fired by both Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard (if you accepted the speculation back in December 2005 with the Heat).

But if we actually decide to move past the conjecture and deal with the cold, hard numbers, it never will get to that.

The Magic have to deal Howard. The payroll offers no other option.

Amid increased speculation and some actual quality reporting along the way, it is clear this is dysfunctional relationship beyond repair. Riding it out is looking more and more like riding it out until July.

And, by the numbers, that would leave the Magic essentially with zero wiggle room, not nearly enough for any type of efficient salvage mission.

So let’s get the numbers out there, the official numbers, of what the Magic payroll would look like for 2012-13 without Howard.

• Hedo Turkoglu: $6 million guaranteed ($11.8 million total contract).
• Jameer Nelson: $8.6 million guaranteed.
• J.J. Redick: $0 guaranteed ($6.2 million guaranteed after July 8).
• Glen Davis: $6.4 million guaranteed.
• Jason Richardson: $6 million guaranteed.
• Chris Duhon: $3.3 million guaranteed.
• Quentin Richardson: $2.6 million guaranteed.
• Earl Clark: $1.2 million, player option.
• Justin Harper: $762,195.

That’s $34.2 million when including allowing Turkoglu to walk (likely) and Redick to walk (not nearly as likely).

Working off the current $58 million cap, and factoring in the requisite cap holds to flush out the roster, that would leave the Magic with a hideous remaining seven-player contingent of Nelson, Davis, Duhon, Clark, Harper and a pair of Richardsons.

It is why even if the Magic trade Howard for less than market value, the value in any deal would be losing some of the bad remaining money, as well, starting at least with Turkoglu’s guaranteed share and then perhaps the money of Nelson or Jason Richardson, as well.

As ludicrous as it sounds, losing Howard for next to nothing now would be far, far, far more advantageous than losing Howard for nothing in July.

Wind up with Howard walking for nothing in return, and you arguably wind up in an even darker place than the Cavaliers (Anderson Varejao, Mo Williams) when they lost LeBron James or the Raptors (Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon) when they lost Chris Bosh.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at @IraHeatBeat.

Magic deny report Howard can decide fate of coach, GM

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It’s nothing new for a star player to have sway over who gets chosen as coach or in the front office. Magic Johnson pushed Paul Westhead out to door after they had won a title, and the Clippers were rumored to make that pitch to LeBron James a couple of years ago (but I’m sure Vinny Del Negro would have been LeBron’s first choice… yea, right).

So it was not inconceivable when ESPN reported that Howard was told he could decide the fate of coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith if he stayed with the Magic.

However, the Magic quickly have come back and shot that down, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic officials released a statement from Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins that read: “The only person(s) who have the final say on coaches and management is the Orlando Magic ownership.”

You can choose which side to believe. But the fact of the matter is it is much harder to come by one of the handful of genuine franchise players in the NBA than it is a good coach or GM. Simple rules of supply and demand.

Glen Davis to meet with Magic staff, likely back Monday

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After sitting out two games in a team suspension, Glen Davis is supposed to sit down and meet with Orlando GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy Monday and likely will be reinstated to play against the Clippers Monday night. So reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

Davis sat out games Friday and Saturday after getting into a heated argument with Van Gundy at shootaround Friday.

Davis’ play has been erratic this season — at times he’s been the physical force off the bench the Magic hoped he’d be, at other times he’s floated around on the perimeter and settled for jump shots. He’s averaging 7.3 points and five rebounds a game so far, shooting just 36.5 percent (well off the 44.8 percent he shot in Boston last season). His PER of 7.9 is well below his career average. There also have been reports of him arguing with fans at shootaround and being frustrated with his role in Orlando.

We’ll see what, if any, impact the suspension has on his focus.

Orlando Magic unable to get hotel reservations in Indianapolis on Super Bowl Weekend

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From the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins:

The Magic are scrambling to find hotel accommodations prior to their game this upcoming Saturday against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

There’s just one problem: There are no hotel rooms available in Indianapolis because Super Bowl XLVI will be played there the following day.

“You guys can comment on that and save me my money,” Van Gundy told reporters, referring to a potential fine from the league if he said something controversial. “But when you come out with the schedule in December and have a game in the Super Bowl city, lodging might be a problem.”

The Magic asked the league if they could simply stay in Orlando and fly to Indianapolis on the day of the game to play the Pacers, but the league shut that down out of the fear that the flight would get delayed somehow and the game would have to be cancelled. Ultimately, the Magic will spend the night before the Pacers game in a hotel in Cincinnati. Not the finest moment for the NBA’s scheduling department, which, while trying to cram 66 games into a truncated schedule, appears to have made a bit of an oversight.