NBA trade rumors are stating that the Houston Rockets are asking way too much from other NBA teams that might consider trading for Dwight Howard. According to Yahoo! Sports, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge recently stopped negotiations because Rockets general manager Daryl Morey simply wanted more than Ainge was willing to give up, which includes the highly coveted first round pick that used to be owned by the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
A lot of general managers in the NBA believe that the Houston Rockets are in a tricky situation when it comes to Dwight Howard. They know that the Rockets don’t want to overpay Howard or give him a deal that lasts longer than his usefulness on the floor. That is a big reason why a lot of NBA executives have been contacting Daryl Morey to see if he is willing to give up Howard on the cheap just to make sure that Houston gets something for him instead of seeing him walk away for free.
Those that watched him play this season know that Dwight Howard is on the decline. The 6’11”, 260 pound veteran is below his career averages in points, rebounds, assists, and steals this season. Howard has also struggled at times to play in the same offense as James Harden, who likes to dominate the ball on offense. The Houston Rockets have tried to get them to gel but thus far have failed.
Apparently, the backup plan for the Houston Rockets is for Daryl Morey and Dwight Howard to sit down after the NBA season is over and discuss a more reasonable contract. Morey will point out to Howard that he is getting older and should accept a lesser role for the chance at winning an NBA Championship. Daryl might even remind Dwight that the mainstream media and his critics will have new material to work with if he leaves yet another team.
Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard aren’t friends, but Durant is close to James Harden, as the two of them came into the league together with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Daryl Morey will use that to sell Durant. Morey will also sell to Durant that Houston is one of the larger markets in the country and a bigger market than Oklahoma City. That might be enough to convince Durant to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Convincing Dwight Howard to take a cheaper deal and signing Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder would give Daryl Morey a pretty high off-season grade.
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