Howard opts to stay in Orlando - for now

Posted: March 16, 2012

 Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has 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.

Magic spokesman Joel Glass confirmed Howard had signed the papers Thursday morning, which was the trade deadline.

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.

Portland releases Oden

The Trail Blazers have waived center Greg Oden, ending the former No. 1 overall pick's disappointing career in Portland.

Oden was limited to just 82 games by injuries since the Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left to go with one on the right.

Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

The Blazers also fired coach Nate McMillan.

Camby, Fisher to Rockets

The Houston Rockets have acquired center Marcus Camby from Portland and Derek Fisher and a 2012 first-round 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 6-foot-11 Camby brings a much-needed inside presence to the Rockets, who are 24-20 and currently hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Fisher provides depth and championship experience to the point-guard spot. Goran Dragic has started the last four games in place of Kyle Lowry, who's out with a bacterial infection.

Cavs get Walton and pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent backup point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In return, the Cavs are getting forward Luke Walton and a first-round draft pick.

The Cavs want to build around rookie guard Kyrie Irving, and they've acquired another pick to help the 19-year-old. While the trade may help Cleveland's future it may jeopardize its chances of making the playoffs this season.

Sessions, who is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists in a reserved role, will fill a hole for the Lakers. The 25-year-old was expected to opt out of his contract following the season.

Raptors swap for pick

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send guards Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round draft pick. Barbosa has averaged 12.6 points per game in his nine-year career. He averaged 12.2 points per game this season as a reserve for the Raptors. Carter has played in 24 games this season, averaging two points per game as a reserve. - Inquirer wire services

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