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It wasn't quite the Decision, but Dwight Howard's five-month flirtation with exiting Orlando was nonetheless filled with flipping and flopping, culminating in a shocking change of heart last Thursday when the Magic center decided—poof!—to void an exit clause in his contract, keeping him in pinstripes through 2012--13. How bad was the "back and forth" that Howard acknowledged while saying, "I'm glad that this is finally over"? SI charted the wavering and whispers.
Howard tells Esquire, "There's more you can do in a bigger [market]."
Lockout ends. Trading floor opens two days later.
Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide resigns; reports say he phoned Howard days earlier, following a few glasses of wine, and pleaded for the center to stay.
Howard's agent says he has permission to talk trade with Mavs, Lakers, Nets. Howard requests move to N.J. a day later.
Three-team deal reported: Howard to N.J.; Portland's Gerald Wallace and N.J.'s Brook Lopez to Orlando. Magic takes Howard off trading block later that day.