Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  20 responses

Houston Rockets Preparing a New Trade Proposal for Dwight Howard

When the Houston Rockets elected to amnesty Luis Scola, it was an unmistakable sign that they still believed they could land Dwight Howard. According to ESPN, a new trade offer for the League’s best center is being put together by the Rockets’ braintrust: “The Houston Rockets have reconstructed their trade proposal to the Orlando Magic for superstar center Dwight Howard, vowing to take back even more long-term salary from the Magic than before in hopes of convincing Orlando to consent to trade Howard directly to Houston, according to sources briefed on the trade talks. Sources said that the Rockets, should they go ahead with their widely reported plans to release starting power forward Luis Scola via the NBA’s amnesty clause, are prepared to absorb the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon — in addition to sending Orlando multiple future first-round picks and recent draftees — to give the Magic an opportunity to wipe their payroll virtually clean for their post-Howard rebuilding effort. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is feverishly trying to construct a trade that will allow the Rockets to take back, in addition to Howard, some combination of Richardson, Davis, Duhon and Hedo Turkoglu. The Rockets believe that, with Scola’s three remaining seasons valued at roughly $21 million off the books, that they can create the requisite cap space to do so. [...] Rockets officials, though, remain steadfast in their belief that, even if the Bulls decline to match on Asik, that they’ll be able to absorb at least three of the four aforementioned Magic role players: Richardson, Davis, Duhon and Turkoglu. Sources say that the Rockets would have to send Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons to the Magic from their current roster to make the salary-cap math work, as well the draft rights to Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones, all selected in last month’s first round. The Rockets, in addition, would also have to waive a handful of players with non-guaranteed contracts (Shaun Livingston, Courtney Fortson, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, Jon Leuer, Diamon Simpson and Greg Smith) to clear sufficient cap space. But Houston, sources say, is also offering multiple first-round picks to the Magic, including a potential lottery pick acquired this week from Toronto in the Kyle Lowry deal. Future picks are known to hold great appeal to new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan and no team in the recent running for Howard — Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Lakers are the other two top suitors — has a first-rounder of that caliber to send to Orlando.”

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  • http://whut Ugh

    …so why didn’t they trade his salary for Howard & Co?

  • Lenny

    wow… whose going to be left on the team besides dwight?

  • T-Money

    advanced metrics! sloan conference! moneyball!

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    I touch with Rob Hennigan

  • james

    Man that is good for the Magic to start rebuilding. Grab that deal!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Yeah, Dwight is really going to want to re-sign in Houston with Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin being the next best players on the team….

  • Rayrayjr

    Sounds like they r just trading teams with the Rockets eventually losing Howard next year and a bunch of draft picks for years to come. Don’t do it Houston!

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Sounds like Houston will gut the team to get D12, a la what the Knicks did in the Melo trade. If Orlando or D12 never gave Houston any indication that tthese maneuvers were required to get D12, then Houston is, according to M&A parlance, bidding against themselves.

  • L Dribble

    So Dwight will be on team in a place he doesn’t want to be with the players that he wanted to get away from. Lovin’ it. This makes the Melo trade look like Vasquez for Pondexter.

  • LA Huey

    So all this does is change his uniform and city while keeping his teammates. I’m sure this is what he had in mind.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Houston going all in.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @shock except the knicks knew melo wanted to play there

  • Ash

    Rockets giving up a lot to get Howard. Not to smart

  • misso

    As a magic fan, I hope this deal goes down asap. Rob Hennigan pull the trigger

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    @Spit Hot Fire fair point. In the future before you expose me for a jarhead in public can we at least speak offline first? You did like the “M&A parlance” reference though … Admit it … Admit it.

  • http://whut Ugh

    This rumour is rubbish – who are they trading to match those four giant salaries? They don’t have enough money under contract to match without Scola, do they?

  • Kinetik

    lol. guys like j-rich, k-mart, hedo “ball” turkoglu will still be jacking up 3s and make howard unhappy. houston giving up a lot and still howard will walk after the season.

  • Fran A 23

    Houston will loose all of their chances with young players who could turn out great, Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, just so that they could have Dwight. DH12 doesn’t want to be there, especially with his old teammates. Houston’s GM should stop thinking like Dwight would turn out to be Olajuwon. And stick there to the rest of his life. He will accept a big offer in next year’s free agency and Houston will have to change their name from Rockets to Bobcats.

  • RV6

    Y’all never heard of leaking fake offers to get other teams to raise their offer? C’mon, Rockets aren’t giving up EVERY single young prospect they have. It’s what Orlando wants, but knows they won’t get. They may get half, but not all.

  • Nate C

    @Wayno Dragic is in Phoenix now, do your research