Dwight Howard fires agent Dan Fegan

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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard told ESPN on Thursday night that he has fired his agent, Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports, and has presented the paperwork necessary to the union.

"As I continue to embark on my NBA journey, I have decided to sever my relationship with Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports," Howard said in a statement provided to ESPN and USA Today Sports. "I have the utmost respect for Dan, but this is the right decision for me. My sole focus remains working with my teammates to position the Rockets for a pursuit of a championship. I wish Dan and the team at Relativity all the best in the future."

Howard said he currently does not have an agent.

The 30-year-old Howard is earning $22.3 million this season in the third year of the four-year, $88 million contract he signed with the Rockets in 2013. He has made it clear he intends to bypass Year 4 to return to the open market, where he could command a contract worth $30 million per season.

Howard's name was the subject of trade rumors before last week's deadline. The Rockets ultimately held on to him as they try to hang onto a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference.

Fegan, meanwhile, also was reportedly fired by Washington Wizards star John Wall last month and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan last summer.