Brook Lopez Told He’s Not Being Traded?

Dwight Howard (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

This story hasn’t died yet and we probably shouldn’t expect it to go anywhere until at least Feb. 21—that’s when the NBA’s trade deadline is.

Yes, we’re talking about Dwight Howard again. Obviously, everyone knows that Howard and Deron Williams planned on teaming up in Brooklyn and that didn’t work out.

What also isn’t working out is Howard’s first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. At 17-24, the Lakers is 12th in the Western Conference and four games behind the eighth seeded Houston Rockets.

With Howard expected to become a free-agent in July and the Lakers struggling, there continue to be whispers of a potential Howard trade. And considering the mutual past interest between Howard and the Nets, we’ll continue to hear about this.

But according to team sources, the Nets may have moved on.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

According to multiple team sources, the Nets have not engaged in trade talks for Howard and remain skeptical the Lakers will deal their center by next month’s deadline. They’ve also talked privately with Lopez about the circumstances, reassuring him that he’s not involved in any trade proposals after he signed a four-year, $61 million deal.

Still, the acrimony in Los Angeles between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard — as well as the center’s reported discontent with Mike D’Antoni’s system — continues to fuel speculation that the Lakers will trade Howard instead of losing him for nothing this summer in free agency. The Orange County Register reported Tuesday that Howard has joked about Bryant’s shot selection behind his back, “making teammates uncomfortable.” A league source told the Daily News that Howard and Bryant had a heated exchange after a game on New Year’s Day, during which Bryant called his teammate “soft.”