Rockets Deal With Howard In Mind





HOUSTON — Legend has it that the famous Johnstown Flood started with a leaky faucet in Altoona.

So when the Rockets send Chase Budinger to the Timberwolves for the No. 18 pick in Thursday’s draft, it would be wise to pay attention to the drip, drip, drip that could lead to a tsunami of a deal.

The Rockets now own the 14th, 16th and 18th picks in the first round and have made no secret that they are looking to trade up. Way up.

To Dwight Howard.

Houston is trying to woo the Magic with a whopping package of draft picks and players to pry loose the All-NBA first team center. Morey will continue trying to trade up for a higher pick to make the deal more attractive to the Magic. The Rockets have been talking to Sacramento about a deal to secure the No. 5 pick, which could then be sent to Orlando.

Just as was the case at the trade deadline in March, the Rockets are willing to take on Howard without an upfront guarantee that he will sign a long-term contract extension.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey see it as their way out of the rut they’ve been stuck in for the past three seasons, as the team with the best record not to make the playoffs. That’s been mostly due to the injuries that brought the premature end to the combination of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming as franchise cornerstones and has left the team tied up in financial knots. This will be the first offseason in which the Rockets aren’t bound by contract and salary cap restrictions left by McGrady and Yao.

“To me, we’re not on any timetable to getting back to being a championship contender,” Morey told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “It often takes a much longer time than anyone wants to talk about.

“We’re trying to find a way that shortens that timetable to do it as quickly as possible in a smart way. We’re using free agency and trades as tools. When you lose two franchise players — we’re really on year two. Last year was the first season we were not betting on Yao being a franchise player.”

The approach is really nothing new for the Rockets. Morey has aggressively tried to deal high up in the draft virtually every season that he’s been on the job in Houston and been forthright in saying the team has tried to land a new franchise player. He attempted to trade with Denver for Carmelo Anthony before he landed in New York, again without a guarantee that he would sign a long-term contract.

Prior to the start of last season, the Rockets thought they had landed Pau Gasol from the Lakers in the three-team deal that also involved the Hornets and Chris Paul. But when commissioner David Stern vetoed that trade, it not only left the Rockets without Gasol, but ended their hopes of adding free Nene in a bid to totally revamp their front line.

The question now is whether the Rockets can convince Magic management to cut its losses with Howard now and make the best deal possible to begin the rebuilding process in Orlando. Luis Scola has often been mentioned as trade bait and was included in the cancelled deal with New Orleans. Unhappy point guard Kyle Lowry could also be a major part of a deal. Truth is, the Rockets would likely give up anyone on their roster if it meant landing Howard.

Chase Budinger goes to Minnesota.

Drip, drip, drip … Listen for the bigger wave.

20 Comments

  1. Michael13 says:

    Dwight Howard should be in dallas if he wants a championship. Dwight Howard must be paired with a great outside shooter like Dirk. And Dirk should be paired with a great inside stopper like Dwight

  2. rockets2012 says:

    I’M A HUGE ROCKETS FAN TO BE HONEST I DON’T WANT HOWARD. I WOULD TRADE TO #5 AND EVANS FROM KINGS GIVE THEM #12 AND KYLE LOWRY. THEN TRADE #16 AND SCOLA FOR JOSH SMITH AND TRADE #18 AND KEVIN MARTIN FOR FOR ANOTHER TOP 10 PICK AND THEN OFFER BROOK LOPEZ AND HIBBERT MAX DEALS AND SEE WHICH ONE BITES AND RESIGN CAMBY LEE AND DRAGIC
    C – HIBBERT
    PF – SMITH
    SF – PARSONS
    SG- TYREKE EVANS
    PG – GORAN DRAGIC

  3. SUPERSONICSFAN says:

    I think they are gonna trade up to #2 from the bobcats… they wanna trade that pick anyways.. they offer the second and prob 16th pick for howard or trade all 3 picks..

  4. Jack says:

    Umm…quite honestly I feel like having 4 drat picks would be wayyyyyy better than getting howard. So i don’t think Houston is quite thinking this through if getting Howard is there plan

  5. hirosh says:

    Kyle Lowry + 14th pick to TORONTO for 8th pick + cash or 2nd round pick

  6. Slovenia says:

    next 5 years dream team:

    Steve Nash
    Dwayne Wade
    Lebron James
    Chris Bosh
    Dwight Howard

    If this happens, all the rest teams can go on holidays…

    and for Nash replacement…his student Goran Dragic!

    Viva el Heat!!!

    Dragic legend !!!
    Kopitar legend !!!

    Hi from Slovenia!!!!

  7. Caine says:

    The Timberwolves have been living in draft town for years now. they have to solid super stars and are looking for some estalished players to help them contend in the west next season. another bank on a draft pick would only delay there plans

  8. Heatlatinofan says:

    @ben you are so wrong
    kobe is not going to heat. durant will go to heat. we all know lbj can play SG and dwade can play pg
    so it is gonna be like
    Dwade
    LBJ
    KD
    BOSH
    DH12

    and then david stern can make
    rondo, joe johnson, melo, Blake show and Bynum come off the bench.

  9. imad akel says:

    this is what Magic should do
    they should trade Ryan Anderson, JJ , DH12 and nelson to get
    Brian Scalabrine, A. Morrison and Luke Walton
    that’s gonna be best big 3 ever and they will go 82-0 on the season and 16-0 in playoffs

    • Rowan says:

      No, no, no, no, no… Trade DH12 Nelson, jj, Anderson… AND Hedu for Scalabrine, Kwame Brown, and Manute Bol’s tomb. Therefor they have red heads, losers, and giraffes on their team… Oh yeah! And a Big Baby ;)

  10. GSW15 says:

    #18 and and Lowry for Pau Gasol. IDK if the lakers wold bite though.

  11. Gator says:

    Naahhh… Dwight Howard wants to go to teams that are title contenders. DH12 is so hungry for a ring like LeBron, And he will do everything to have one, He is so desperate that he probably will sign for the league minimum in guess what…………MIAMI HEAT!!!

    or Just on the lighter (joke time) side…….(part 2) hehehe

    Go to OKC, they are sure to be title contenders next year.

    Dwight HOWARD – in exchange for -> Ibaka/Harden and Sefolosha, those 3 on 1 trade for Howard ain’t bad.

    MIAMI Big 3 (Wade, LeBron, Bosh) VS OKC Big 3 (Westbroke, Durant, Howard) will be a great showdown!

    But I think OKC loves Harden and vice versa so that wont happen therefore DWIGHT has no choice but
    sign for the league minimum to join the MIAMI Heat just to take a shot at the title-ring, while STEVE NASH will do everything and will sign the mid-level in the hope of also chasing a ring before he retires, Coz he knows he’s getting older, He’s a tired old dawg and it’s such a disgrace for not having a Ring from all those years of playing. DERON WILLIAMS hates the Heat so He will just choose to tag team with D-ROSE in Chicago or with MELO and LINSANE.
    But still they are no match once the Miami Juggernaut is in place.

    2013 MIAMI HEAT Starting Five

    Center – DWIGHT HOWARD
    PF – CHRIS BOSH
    SF- LeBRON
    SG – D-WADE
    PG – STEVE NASH

    Rest of the NBA should learn their lesson and smell another conspiracy brewing,,,,,or else they should be afraid, Be very afraid. Once that line-up is formed, they should now give up their hope in ever winning a title in 5-7 years. Haha.

    (Woke up from the Daydream) lol.

    • Ben says:

      No, no, no. You’ve got it all wrong.

      Kobe Bryant is going to the MIAMI HEAT!

      David Stern will cancel Kobe’s contract with the Lakers, thus dropping his no trade clause. Then David Stern will increase the Heat’s salary cap to 200 million dollars a season. Kobe will then sign for 80 million next season. With all that left over money, Dwight Howard will sign for another 50 million a season.

      The Miami Heat line up will look as follows:

      C – DWIGHT HOWARD
      PF – CHRIS BOSH
      SF – LEBRON JAMES
      SG – KOBE BRYANT
      PG – DWAYNE WADE

      Steve Nash will sign with the Miami Heat, but as COACH! Suprise twist!

      Nash being the super coach he is, will talk Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, etc. to join the Heat for minimum contacts for 10 years!

      AWESOME!

      • uoykcuf says:

        LOL, I can SEE this happening already. U just forgot they add MJ as the 12th man as an insurance. Also, they change their mascot to Charles barkley. It’s all over twitter. Good one! Ben.

  12. JIm says:

    this the most dumb thing ever has a rockets fan i Would like to see us go to the Playoff but to trade all of our draft pick for a guy who just had Back surgery you dont know if he will be the same and he doesnt want to be in houston it the Nets or the lakers which are his top destinations i would like to see rockets give up dalmebert get zeller now they would have 3 c and that would give them depth in that position then u can let go Martin and bring in a young quick and amazing scorer like Austin rivers and it will be rivers and lee and with the 18th pick rockets have a PG problem trade lowery maybe u can move up get a small forward and maybe with PG you can get Kendall Marshall or Damian Lillard so I Love the Houston and they want Sucess but if they get Dwight Howard it could be either short term or just Orlando in red and white so i advise the Rockets think long- term before you can make the deal and youth makes a good team look at OKC and how each and every year they improved but with the rookies they can obtain Talent and they can improve look at Chandler parsons ,Patrick Patterson , Aaron Brooks ,carl Landry all these rookie s improved and improved the team greatly so I say forget Howard and think about the Future and not Now cause if you do Howard might not be the guy your looking for

  13. charles says:

    could timberwolves have done better with a pick than Chase?

    • hey NOW!!! says:

      never the less, things happen in waves you know just like crustatians and crabs crwwol up on to the beach and the returning tides wash all them plants and animals all over the sea. you just never know

    • tonicher says:

      Chandler was worth the 1st round pick… not Chase… I know Adelman loves the guy but seems to me like a bad trade for the timberwolves

    • Amitpal says:

      Well it is supposed to be a very good draft. It’s not good as in finding many superstars but it’s good in find bunch of good solid starters for the next 10 years or so. So yeah I think they could have drafting a good player. They proubly had a chance at Ross, lamb or one those shooting gaurds.