He sat in his locker before the game, pondering an uncertain future.

His name had been bandied about in trade speculation, and he couldn't honestly say which team might be signing his paychecks tomorrow.

All he knew was not to believe everything he read.

"That's why they're called rumors," Spurs swingman Danny Green said Wednesday.

Down the hall, in the hours before the Spurs would dust off Orlando 122-111 in what could have been Dwight Howard's last game with the Magic, a bigger circus was brewing.

With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, Howard had committed to the Magic for another season, vowing not to exercise his early-termination option and explore free agency in July.