Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak reiterated Tuesday that he will not trade Dwight Howard.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday. Given the Lakers' struggles this season (25-29), Howard's name is popular on the rumor mill.
"It's unlikely that there will be an upgrade in the talent of this team. I just don't see how that's realistic," Kupchak said. "We'll continue to be on the phones and make calls, take calls and listen, but don't anticipate anything dramatic taking place in the next two days."
So is he still not trading Howard?
"That would be correct," said Kupchak.
Howard is in the final year of his contract. The Lakers can offer him the biggest contract this summer but there's no guarantee he accepts.