Dwight Howard has backed off of comments he made over the weekend about wanting to be traded.  At the team’s media day on Monday, Howard softened his stance by saying he loves the city and that there was no place he would rather be but in Orlando.

He did add that he wanted to see the team change its ways and make an effort to win a championship.  Orlando has granted Howard permission to talk with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks about a possible deal.

Sources say the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are also players in a possible deal for the superstar center.

The 6-foot-11 Howard is due nearly $17.9-million this season and $19.26-million next season from Orlando, but he can trigger an early termination option and become a free agent in the summer of 2012.

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