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Sources: Rockets don't plan to trade Howard

Related Topics: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are approaching the upcoming trade deadline with the intent to keep center Dwight Howard for the rest of the season, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.

Sources told on Wednesday that the Rockets, despite recent speculation to the contraryufffd, are not looking to trade Howard before the Feb. 18 deadline, even though he has to right to become a free agent July 1 and could thus leave the team this summer without compensation.

The Rockets' grand plan, sources said this week, remains making an all-out pursuit in free agency this summer for Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.