Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard said on Friday that he will not be traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, reports CBSSports.com.
Howard told reporters at the NBA All-Star Game media day in Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak informed him that he will be in a Lakers uniform for the remainder of the season. Howard is set to become a free agent in the offseason.
Howard is averaging 16.3 points per game this season, his lowest total since his second NBA season with the Orlando Magic. His 11.8 rebounds per game are the fewest he has posted since his rookie year. The Lakers enter the All-Star Break with a record of 25-29, 3 1/2 games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.