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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Nets In Lead For Center, According To Report

Dwight Howard would like to be traded to the New Jersey Nets. According to a report, his current team, the Orlando Magic, is starting to understand they will have to make that happen.

The Orlando Magic are coming to grips with the reality that they will have to trade Dwight Howard before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, and Howard's preferred team -- the Nets -- are emerging as the most likely trade partner, league sources told CBSSports.com. (via CBS Sports)

According to multiple reports, Howard not only wants a move to the Nets, he would like New Jersey to be able to keep key players such as Deron Williams. The Magic would like to deal Howard to the Lakers, although the All-Star center does not want to go to L.A. In addition, the Lakers would not likely give up a better player than Andrew Bynum in a trade with Orlando (via Pro Basketball Talk).

The Nets are also considering moves to reduce their payroll in case they have to wait until the summer to try to get Howard as a free agent.

The NBA trade deadline is March 15, so stay tuned. See SBNation.com for complete trade deadline coverage.