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Dwight Howard says Mitch Kupchak told him he won’t be traded

Dwight Howard admits that it has been difficult this season with the Lakers.
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The traveling circus known as the Lakers hit All-Star weekend. Center Dwight Howard was hit with a barrage of questions about his future.

"[The Lakers] told me they weren’t going to trade me,” Howard said. “That’s what [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak] said.”

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Howard was acquired by the Lakers in the off-season from the Orlando Magic. He’ll be a free agent once his contract expires after the season.

Howard has done his best to avoid commenting on his plans beyond the current season.

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“I’ve got to do what makes me happy. That’s it,” said Howard about his future. “Having fun on the court -- that makes me happy.”

At 25-29, the Lakers haven’t looked like a jovial bunch. Howard admitted it’s been difficult to have fun.

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“At the present time, no,” he said. “Hopefully it will get better.”

The Lakers pick up after the break on Wednesday night at Staples Center, against the Boston Celtics.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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Times Staff Writer Ben Bolch contributed to this report from Houston.


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