Dwight Howard has asked Orlando Magic's front office to pursue a trade for point guard Steve Nash, according to reports at CBS Sports.

And apparently sources have said that if the Magic are able to acquire Nash from Phoenix, then Howard would not exercise his early termination option, according to Sports Illustrated.

Howard has been angling for a move away from Orlando since before the start of the truncated season. However, Orlando have so far resisted doing business, despite the fear that he will become a free-agent in the off-season.

It would appear now that the Magic have a clear route to persuade their star-man to stay.

A combination of Nash and Howard would be one of the most exciting in the NBA and would certainly renew optimism in Orlando going forward this season. Although, Miami and Chicago would remain the premier teams in the East, a trade for Nash would certainly give fans belief that the Magic could compete.

While Steve Nash has not asked to be traded out of Phoenix, he is sure to be tempted by a switch to Orlando. The Suns are having a poor season and he will realize that the Magic gives him a better opportunity of winning an elusive NBA Championship late in his career.

In the coming days, approaching the March 15 trade deadline, there is certain to be a flurry of activity in and around Orlando, with the front office either looking for incoming trades to appease Howard, or otherwise considering deals to trade Howard away.

ESPN's Chris Broussard, meanwhile, has been discussing the chances of Dwight Howard winding up at the New York Knicks. While, Howard would consider a move to New York, the trade is unlikely to happen says Broussard.

The Knicks, however, have not discussed this scenario with the Magic and sources say, they will get involved in a potential trade for Howard only if the Orlando center gives strong indications that he wants to play there, he said, according to NBC Sports.