As expected, Dwight Howard was not traded at Thursday's deadline.
The Lakers insist they want to build around Howard, not get rid of him. "It took a while for league to understand our position was exactly what we stated," GM Mitch Kupchak said. "I think they finally got it." Howard will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and Kupchak will have plenty of competition for his services. By hanging onto fellow impending free agent Josh Smith, the Hawks have cleared out upwards of $40 million in cap space. Howard is an Atlanta native.