I'm guessing several of you have gotten this idea of Josh Howard being a tradeable piece during the season if the Wizards are not as successful as they expect. He's a vet that could help a playoff team, after all.
But in practice, trading Howard will be difficult. Why? As Sham Sports reminded me the other day (scroll way down), Howard is one of 10 players on one-year contracts this year, and therefore, he can veto any trade. The NBA puts this stipulation in because players on one-year contracts that get traded lose their Larry Bird rights, meaning the team that acquires them cannot go over the cap to re-sign them. As Sham describes:
The other type of no-trade clause - the one made famous by Devean George - involves players on one year contracts who will have early or full Bird rights at the season's end are given the right to veto any trades that they may be in, so that they aren't powerless to prevent having their Bird rights taken away from them (which is what happens when such players are traded, for reasons I am not aware of.)
It's not unprecedented for a player in this situation to accept a trade anyway. James Singleton, for example, had veto power last season, but decided to accept a trade to the Wizards anyway. Nate Robinson, Royal Ivey and Aaron Gray did the same. But it's another hoop the Wizards need to jump through if they decide they don't want Josh Howard past next season and want to get something for him instead of losing him for nothing.