After a report late Wednesday night that Dwight Howard was not willing to waive his early opt-out clause and commit to the team for next season, some league executives believe the Magic firmly plan to trade Howard before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. trading deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
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Trade rumors have surrounded Howard and the Magic all season long and earlier Wednesday, Howard reportedly decided he wanted to finish the season with the team and told some teammates he planned on opting-in for his contract next season. Just hours later, however, it was reported that Howard changed his mind and decided he would not waive his right for an early opt-out - which has cemented the plan to trade Howard, according to Wojnarowski. This season, the Magic sit in third place in the Eastern Conference much in thanks to Howard’s play – he’s averaging 21.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game.