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Dwight Howard could be traded by end of week, says league sources

The latest Dwight Howard rumor is that the Orlando Magic will try to trade him in the next week now that they've found a coach in Jacque Vaughn. (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

After a week of pause while the Orlando Magic settled on San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn as their next head coach, the Dwight Howard trade rumors seem to be back in full swing.

The latest news is that the team will try to trade their franchise center in the next week, according to a report on Sunday from Sam Amico of Fox Sports, citing multiple league sources:

[M]ultiple league sources predict  the Orlando Magic will again step up efforts to find their All-Star center a new team. Several of those sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Saturday they believe Howard could be traded by the end of next week.

Howard had reportedly reiterated to Magic general manager Rob Hennigan his desire to leave Orlando, but as talks cooled down for the past week, many speculated the team might hold on to Howard for the start of the season, perhaps beyond the league's February trade deadline.

If that were the case and Howard remained with the Magic beyond February, he could end up signing with the Dallas Mavericks in the next offseason, a team he said he would like to play for if he doesn't sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets.

The Lakers have long been courting Howard but Andrew Bynum's reluctance to sign long-term with another team has proven to be a snag in executing a trade for Howard.

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