The Houston Rockets have released Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino. The move comes amid speculation that Dwight Howard could be on his way to Houston once free agency opens on Monday.
Both Brooks and Delfino had non-guaranteed contracts going into next season. Delfino was set to make $3 million while Brooks was on the books for $2.5 million.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released the news via his Twitter account, though he didn’t mention anything concerning the rumors behind bringing Howard to the team.
Brooks was acquired off waivers midway through last season and he was expected to get the boot this summer. Delfino, on the other hand, was a great perimeter shooter for the Rockets and he finished fourth on the team in scoring.
A move for the Lakers’ star could make these dismissals well worth it, but it’s unclear where Howard will end up next season. In the meantime, the Rockets have James Harden and Jeremy Lin as the key players on their roster, but bringing in Dwight Howard could make them a true contender overnight.
Chandler Parsons has been great in Houston and played his best basketball going into the postseason in 2013, so bringing in Howard can only open up more chances for the 24-year-old.
The Lakers would like to bring Howard back to Los Angeles for another season to compliment Kobe Bryant as they look to return to the NBA Finals. Howard’s future is completely up in the air, but he’s created enough buzz around the league to gain the interest of multiple teams.
The Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors have all shown interest in Howard outside of the Rockets. The decision to release Brooks and Delfino is just another step towards bringing the popular big man to Houston, but as we all know, things can change in a matter of days when it comes to Howard.
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