True to his word, Dwight Howard has waived his early termination option, locking him into his contract for next season, manager Kevin Samples tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (Twitter link). Chris Broussard of ESPN.com received a text from Howard himself confirming the news (Twitter link).
SI.com's Sam Amick (all Twitter links) says the league has agreed to execute the paperwork without the verification letter from agent Dan Fegan that would usually be required. The Magic have announced, via press release, that they'll hold a press conference at 1:00pm local time.
Zach Lowe of SI.com examines the ripple effect that Howard's official opt-in will cause across the league.