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Smith: "Our Goal Is To Keep 12"

Otis Smith seemed to have closed off the possibility of a quick Dwight Howard trade Wednesday, telling an Orlando press conference, ""My objectives don't change. Our goal is to keep 12 in a Magic uniform for the rest of his career to give Mr. D. a trophy." ... "We're moving toward that end", indicating a desire to extend the perennial all-Star.

Smith did not foreclose the possibility of a trade down the road. "Our objective is to keep him in uniform. If that's not the case, we will do what we have to," Smith said, adding, "That doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to listen to everything that Dwight has to say and placate to that."

"We've done everything we're supposed to do in seven years," Smith contended. "At the end of the day it comes down to him (Dwight)."

A trade of assets, Brook Lopez, draft picks, other players for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu's bloated contract, has been the Nets' Plan A, with Nene and Tyson Chandler, being Plans B and C.