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D-12 would sign with NJ, ORL, DAL, LAL

12/13/2011

While the Magic are keeping all their options open, Dwight Howard is not.

There are only four teams that Howard would sign a long-term contract with, according to a source close to the situation -- the Magic, Nets, Mavericks or Lakers.

That severely limits the trade possibilities for Orlando, which has said it will not rule out trading Howard to any of the league's 29 other teams. Without a long-term commitment from Howard, no club is likely to put an enticing offer on the table.

Howard's stance essentially relegates the Magic, whose ideal scenario is to re-sign Howard, to talking trades with only the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers.

There has been speculation that Bulls might be a possible destination for Howard since the Bulls offer a big city environment, a superstar in Derrick Rose, and plenty of talent to send back to Orlando. But Howard's refusal to sign there ends that possibility.

While Orlando will field offers for their All-Star center, they also will take their time in an attempt to rebuild their relationship and improve the strength of their team.

New Magic CEO Alex Martins met with Howard when he arrived at Amway Center Monday morning. Afterward, Howard sounded like he'd softened on the possibility of staying in Orlando as long as there are some changes.

"I love this city, there is no place I'd rather be but Orlando," Howard said. "I just want to make sure we have the right things here so we can win a championship. I'm all about change. If you're willing to change and you're willing to do what it takes to win then, you know, you got me."