The Magic have told executives with other teams that they may not trade Dwight Howard, according to sources.

Orlando has told other executives that they will only trade Howard in a deal that is great for the franchise.

Another executive who has been in touch with the Magic front office believes they may wait until the February trade deadline to complete a trade of Howard.

Both the Lakers and Rockets are interested in trading for Howard, but both teams don't believe the Magic are prepared to trade him at this point.

The Nets could reemerge as a trade possibility if the Magic wait until January 15th to execute a trade for Howard. Brook Lopez becomes eligible to be traded on that date.

Neither the Nets or Lakers, the two destinations Howard has told confidantes he would sign with long-term with, have sufficient cap space to sign him outright next offseason.