Nets still interested in trading for Dwight, though Howard says Mitch Kupchak told him he won’t be dealt


With less than a week to go until the NBA trade deadline, the rumors are beginning to heat up, and one that’s just not going away involves Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets.

Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Nets still haven’t given up hope of acquiring Howard:

Of course, sources say the Nets haven’t completely given up on the idea of somehow obtaining L.A. Lakers center Dwight Howard. But they realize their options are limited. Just as they did over the summer, if the Nets want to make a strong play for Howard, they’ll likely need to get a third team involved.

However, in Houston for this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game, Dwight told Chris Broussard on ESPN today that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has told him he won’t be dealt by the purple and gold:

“I think I’ll be here. I’m pretty sure I’ll be here. Mitch and everybody’s told me they’re not making any trades.”

This isn’t breaking news, though: Mitch said last month that he’s told Dwight he won’t be moved.

Of course, a general manger’s word doesn’t mean a deal won’t happen, but I seriously doubt Howard is traded before the deadline on Thursday.

Written by Ross Pickering

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