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Spears: Howard Likely To Stay in Orlando Through Trade Deadline

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February 25, 2012; Orlando FL, USA;  Eastern Conference center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic shoots during the 2012 NBA All-star team practice session at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
February 25, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Eastern Conference center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic shoots during the 2012 NBA All-star team practice session at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Marc Spears writes there are indications that Dwight Howard will not be traded before the March 15 deadline and that he is ready to continue to play for the Magic through the end of the season, setting up a wild free agency come July 1.

"Now, with the league’s March 15 trade deadline looming, Howard and his agent, Dan Fegan, have shown little interest recently in pushing for a deal, sources said, increasingly the likelihood the Magic will keep their star center for the duration of the season, " Spears reports.

Deron Williams seems to think the same thing. "We’ll see what happens," Williams said Saturday. "Nothing is going on right now from what I understand.". Spears reports that the Magic have had no contact with the Lakers since betore the season and the Nets "aren’t close to trading for Howard before the March 15 deadline, one league source said."