Posted January 31, 2012

Magic GM: There Is No Major Trade In The Near Future

NBA

Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that he has no plans to make a major trade in the near future.

“If a string of losses causes you to change your plans, then I’m in the wrong job,” Smith told the paper.

“I think you look at your team as a whole and understand that we have to fight through whatever we have to fight through and you continue to evaluate everything top to bottom. That’s what you do. When it’s time to make a change, you make a change.”

The Magic, who had begun the season 12-5, lost their fourth consecutive game Monday night to the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has also lost six of their past eight games.

It has been heavily rumored that the Magic are likely to trade franchise center Dwight Howard if the two sides cannot agree on a long term deal. Howard’s future with the Magic has been up in the air since the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year said that he planned to become a free-agent following this season. There have been talks about a potential Howard trade, however the teams which the All-Star center would sign an extension with are limited, which have led Orlando to wait until the trade deadline when they might have better leverage for a deal.