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NBA Rumors for Monday, March 12: Dwight Howard staying in Orlando?

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With each passing hour, the rumors of a blockbuster deal involving Dwight Howard get hotter. But does Orlando have a new plan?

The NBA trade deadline hits on Thursday, and as such, nearly every team has been mentioned in some type of trade possibility. Here is a look at Monday's hottest rumors.

Orlando may hold on to Dwight Howard

The prevailing thought among NBA followers has been that the Orlando Magic would be best served dealing Howard and adding valuable pieces for the team's future. This of course comes on the heels of Howard's noncommittal attitude toward re-signing in Orlando. However, it appears the Magic may have another idea.

According to multiple sources, Orlando is working hard to add more talent to its roster in hopes of creating a stronger team that would entice Howard to stay. The problem, as it has been for months, is that the Magic have very few appealing assets outside of Howard. Rumors have them targeting Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, but the Warriors still have designs on adding Howard and will not give up their top scorer for Orlando's spare parts.

This is a situation that will no doubt go right down to the final hour, as the New Jersey Nets, who would love to grab Howard, remain one team closely monitoring the situation.

Tyreke Evans on the block?'s Sam Amick delivered an interesting bit of news Monday, saying that the Sacramento Kings are currently uncertain of whether to extend the contract of Tyreke Evans when the guard's deal expires after next season. Consequently, it would make sense that the Kings may explore moving Evans if a deal struck their fancy.

Since a historic rookie season, Evans has been doomed by injuries and questions about his true position. Recently, Evans moved to small forward to allow for the rise of rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas. Additionally, DeMarcus Cousins has replaced Evans as the team's only untouchable piece, meaning the Kings need to decide if Evans is a long-term answer or a potent trade chip.

Several teams would figure to be intrigued by the potential of Evans, a 22-year-old averaging 18.6 points per game over his three-year career.

Lakers point guard possibilities

The Los Angeles Lakers have Kobe Bryant and a top-notch front line, but point guard remains the team's weakness. With that in mind, the Lakers have been linked to a variety of floor generals as they try to assemble a roster capable of bringing the title back to Southern California.

The latest rumor has the team potentially sending Steve Blake to Portland for Raymond Felton. Felton, previously a standout for the Charlotte Bobcats, has struggled mightily in Portland, shooting a dreadful 38.5 percent with a career-worst 10.3 points per game. Blake's return to the Blazers would make sense, as the point guard made a favorable impression on the team during his previous stint in Portland.

The Lakers have also been linked to Cavs reserve Ramon Sessions and even Celtics All-Star Rajon Rondo, although sources say Los Angeles will not give up Pau Gasol to acquire an improvement in the backcourt. Sessions could likely be had for a first round pick.

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