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Howard's List Remains the Same

Otis Smith has told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that Howard's camp has not expanded his list of preferred trade destinations beyond the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks.

Howard had stirred the hearts of Bulls fans, and before that Celtics fans, with comments about how if God wanted him to play with Chicaog, "it will happen," and noting how he would "always, always" listen if Danny Ainge called.

Over the last week, Chris Broussard, Ric Bucher and Larry Coon have all written or said that the Nets remain the All-Star center's top choice, but no one expects any movement on a trade until after the February 26 All-Star Game in Orlando.

Meanwhile, Stefan Bondy is reporting that Deron Williams has not ruled out the possibility of him playing through his option year next season. D-Will has previously said he would opt out at season's end. He said he and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, will consider all options once the season ends.