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Report: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has told Dwight Howard he will not be traded

Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has told Dwight Howard [1] that he will not be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline, according to league sources [2].

Sources also told ESPN.com that Howard, who will be a free agent after the end of the season, is unsure of his offseason plans and has no concrete intentions to leave in free agency or request a trade.

According to the ESPN report, the Lakers are “very confident” Howard will remain with the team this summer. They can offer him a longer contract than every other team — five years compared to four — and can offer him about $118 million over that span compared to about $88 million for other teams.

Howard has said that his only concerns at the moment are getting to the playoffs and winning a championship. The Lakers are 23-26 and in 10th place in the Western Conference.