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Howard waives opt-out clause, staying with Magic


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The Magic are 28-16 this season and seven games behind first-place Chicago. Howard is averaging 21.2 points and a career-best 15.2 rebounds. He passed Nick Anderson earlier this season as the Magic’s all-time leader in points scored.

"They know how I feel about the city," Howard said after Spurs game. "I’ve sat down with them on numerous occasions and talked about what we can do together, but I can’t do it all by myself," Howard said about his teammates. "You know, I want them to help. I want them to be involved with changing Orlando. That’s always been my goal."

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Howard said that he was asking for trust from the Magic.

"They took a chance on me at 18. And what did I do? I gave them everything I had for eight years," Howard said. "Take a chance again. I go out every night and play hard. If I didn’t want to win, I would have dogged it. But that’s not who I am. And look where we are. We’re in a great position."




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