What was said?
Martins would not say, but he indicated that those talks are ongoing.
"Dwight and I have talked, and we've committed for the time being that we're not going to reveal the details of those discussions as we continue them," Martins said before the Magic faced the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at Amway Center.
Approached after the Magic lost to the Thunder, Howard said he and Martins have spoken but still need to speak further.
Rumors are swirling about what the Magic will do or will not do as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15. According to some reports, team officials have spoken with the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to acquire shooting guard Monta Ellis and with the Phoenix Suns to try and obtain point guard Steve Nash.
Martins said he would not comment on "rumors."
"There are half a dozen rumors a day these days, it seems like," Martins said. "We're not going to comment on any of them."
Asked whether he thinks Howard will be with the team beyond March 15, Martins responded, "I continue to be hopeful that he will continue to be with the team beyond March 15."
Trade talkStan Van Gundy empathizes with players across the league as they await the trade deadline.
"I can't imagine being in a job where at any time from the start of the season till the next two weeks you can just be sent to any of the 30 cities," Van Gundy said. "All they can do to me is they can fire me. But if they do that, they're still paying me and I'm still living in my house. My family's right there."
Van Gundy knows it's unrealistic to expect players not to think, "What if?"
Van Gundy advises his guys to take care of what they can control and to regard the time they're on the court in walkthroughs, practices and games as a refuge from all the talk. But even Van Gundy acknowledges that's an easier thing for him to say and a tougher thing for his players to do.
Of course, the Magic have dealt with the possibility of trades since the beginning of the season because of Howard's trade request.
Ryan Anderson's name has come up in rumors, just as many of his teammates' names have.
"I think we just have to block it out," Anderson said. "We have to do everything we can to not involve ourselves in it because this happens with every team every year. But just the fact that we have the biggest story and the guy that obviously is such a big part of this team and this community, we're magnified.
"It's something we can't focus too much on or else it's going to alter the way we play. Ultimately, we're having a good year and we have a good team. We just need to build off of that. Who knows what's going to happen. What if we're worried about this so much and then nothing happens?"
Jerseys debutThe Magic wore their "El Magic" jerseys for the first time Thursday as a part of their Noche Latina night.
The Magic also will wear the new jerseys at home games March 19 against the Bulls and March 21 against the Suns.
Layups• Magic owner Rich DeVos visited the Magic locker room before tipoff. He will turn 86 years old Sunday, and a couple of players wished him a happy birthday.
• Quentin Richardson did not dress Thursday because he has a strained right Achilles' tendon.
• J.J. Redick tweaked his left ankle as he made a reverse layup during Wednesday night's win over the Washington Wizards, but Redick said he felt fine Thursday.
• Jason Richardson was in no mood to discuss his dust-up with Trevor Booker late in Wednesday's fourth quarter against the Wizards. "I'm not talking about that," Richardson said. "It was basketball. People have tempers. That's part of the game."
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