Dwight Howard has informed the Magic that he will play the option year of his contract in 12-13 with the team, sources have confirmed.

Christian Bruey of WFTV initially reported Howard's intentions following a meeting with the Magic.

Howard has not signed the paperwork, but he has told multiple people of his intentions. The reporting has been confirmed by Chris Broussard and Ken Berger amongst others.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Howard called a meeting with his teammates in San Antonio and told them he was "all in" for the remainder of the season. He also reports that Howard didn't explicitly tell his teammates that he was opting in for next season.

The Nets have long been hoping to pair Howard with Deron Williams, who also can become a free agent this summer. 

Howard also put the Lakers and Mavericks on his list of preferred destinations if the Magic were to trade him.