1) Since Otis Smith and the Magic have not been allowed to have contact with Dwight Howard, what he actually wants and where he stands with the Magic is a complete mystery, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) Monday could be the most important day in Magic history. Players and management will allowed to have contact with each other starting Monday at 10 a.m. ET, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
3) Jeff Van Gundy tells Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic cannot let Dwight Howard straddle the fence. The uncertain future could cast an awkward pall over the 2011-12 season, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
4) Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel warns not to read too much into it, but Matt Barnes tells a Lakers blog that Dwight Howard wants to be in Los Angeles. Again, don't read into it too much for your health's sake.
5) John Schuhmann of NBA.com does a statistical review of the 2011 Magic reveals Orlando was not much better after the trades.
6) Second round draft pick Justin Harper played his final game in France and is returning to the United States in time for training camp next week.
7) The NBA might be back, but don't expect strong play to pick up once the season starts Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
8) Net Income of Nets Daily is expecting the Nets to have something of an international flavor in who it targets in free agency with Nene and Andrei Kirilenko as potential targets. Going after Nene might be a bit of a risk.
9) As has been noted elsewhere, Otis Smith says he wants to bring Jason Richardson back.
10) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel takes a quick look at free agent forward Tayshaun Prince in the run up to the free agency period. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel also takes a look at Arron Afflalo.
11) Jameer Nelson and the Magic were glad to be back to work at Amway Center earlier this week, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.