Were you expecting a huge deal at the NBA trade deadline? Well, you can forget about it! Dwight Howard has signed the waiver for his early opt-out clause which will keep him with the Orlando Magic through next season.

From ESPN:

Dwight Howard signed a waiver Thursday that keeps him under contract with the Orlando Magic through next season.

The waiver denies him the right to terminate his contract after this season. After going back and forth regarding his intentions, Howard said Wednesday that he would sign the waiver.

A source had told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the New Jersey Nets had been told earlier Thursday that Howard would not be available in trade.

While this is great news for fans of D12, it probably spells doom for Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy who has never had the greatest relationship with his star player.

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