Howard stays with Magic; Rock­ets get Camby, Fisher

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

Or­lando Magic cen­ter Dwight Howard signed pa­pers agree­ing to waive the early ter­mi­na­tion op­tion in his con­tract and he will be with the Magic to be­gin the 2012-13 sea­son. Howard’s decision ends the sea­son-long drama on whether he would be dealt be­fore the Magic risked los­ing him in free agency. The Magic cen­ter had the op­tion of end­ing his five-year deal in July and en­ter­ing the open mar­ket.

Howard re­quested a trade in the pre­sea­son and main­tained that stance all reg­u­lar sea­son un­til chang­ing his mind this week and ex­press­ing a de­sire to re­main in Or­lando this sea­son.

The Hous­ton Rock­ets ac­quired cen­ter Mar­cus Camby from Port­land and Derek Fisher and a 2012 firstround pick from the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers in sep­a­rate trades. The Rock­ets are send­ing point guard Jonny Flynn, cen­ter Hasheem Thabeet and a sec­ond-round pick to the Trail Blaz­ers and for­ward Jor­dan Hill to the Lak­ers.

The Golden State War­riors traded swing­man Stephen Jack­son to the San An­to­nio Spurs for small for­ward Richard Jef­fer­son and a con­di­tional first-round draft pick this year. The War­riors also ac­quired a sec­on­dround pick for this June’s draft from the At­lanta Hawks for cash con­sid­er­a­tions in an ear­lier deal.

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers ac­quired point guard Ra­mon Ses­sions from Cleve­land on Thurs­day in a four-player trade send­ing Luke Wal­ton and Ja­son Kapono to the Cava­liers. The Lak­ers also got for­ward Chris­tian Eyenga in the deal, while the Cava­liers will get the Lak­ers’ lot­tery-pro­tected first-round pick in the up­com­ing draft and other con­sid­er­a­tions.

The New Jer­sey Nets re­port­edly ac­quired Ger­ald Wal­lace from Port­land for cen­ter Mehmet Okur and for­ward Shawne Wil­liams along with their 2012 draft pick. The pick is pro­tected if it is in the top three.

The Trail Blaz­ers fired coach Nate Mcmillan. The Blaz­ers (20-23) an­nounced the move on Thurs­day, one day af­ter a 42-point loss to the Knicks in New York. As­sis­tant coach Caleb Kanales will be the in­terim head coach.

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