Dwight Howard trade talk may be dying down after what LA Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak had to say. According to a report from late Sunday night (Feb. 3), Kupchak has stated that he will not be trading Howard. This is a bold statement, but it shows that the Lakers are going all-in to try to make it deep into the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
The Lakers have been playing better basketball lately, even if their last two wins came with Howard sitting out due to injury. The team is definitely not out of the race yet and it appears that the front office in Los Angeles is very intent on letting this season run its course. It's also hard to count out a team that has veterans like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash trying to right the ship.
In the latest 2013 NBA standings, the Lakers sit in tenth place in the Western Conference with a 22-26 record. The team trails the Portland Trail Blazers by three games for the No. 9 spot and then the Houston Rockets by 3.5 games for the No. 8 slot. There is still hope for the Lakers to go on a nice winning streak, especially with important games against the Rockets and Blazers set to take place in the second half.
The Dwight Howard trade rumors aren't going to die down until the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline passes or until Howard gets dealt. So fans should definitely expect quite a few new rumors to pop up about the LA Lakers in the coming weeks. Whether he stays or goes could depend on how well the team plays in the next few weeks.
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