Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
The Orlando Magic have not yet reached a decision regarding what they plan to do with Dwight Howard at Thursday's NBA trade deadline, team CEO Alex Martins told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday prior to tipoff of the Magic's game against the Indiana Pacers. "We're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet," Martins said, in reference to a question about keeping Howard past the deadline. "Sometime in the next four days we will be, but we're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet."
Martins continues his efforts to convince Howard the best place for him to continue his career is Orlando. According to Robbins, "Martins met with Howard at least one of Howard's key advisers" on Friday. Though Martins declined to discuss specifics of that conversation with the media, he did indicate it pertained to the team's marketing plan for the 2012/13 season.
Howard, a six-time All-Star, asked for a trade during training camp. He has indicated he plans to use his early termination option for the summer of 2012 in order to explore free agency.