Howard stays with Magic; Rockets get Camby, Fisher
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.