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Houston Rockets Struggle to Trade Dwight Howard

Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (L) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (L) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Rockets Dwight Howard has been at the center of NBA trade rumors since the beginning of the All-Star break.

Almost a full day away from the trade deadline, and the Houston Rockets have yet to send Dwight Howard to another team.

Approaching the deadline, there had been several rumors that the Rockets would make trades involving players like Ty Lawson or Terrence Jones.

Last Thursday came the first mention of Howard being among players the Rockets were trying to shop.

Vertical Sources: Houston has started contacting teams about trading Dwight Howard. https://t.co/Bwp1MKTNq7

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 11, 2016

This came a night after reports that Howard and James Harden stayed late to talk with general manager Daryl Morey after a disappointing loss to the Portland Trailblazers.

What was said in the conversation remains unclear. One thing that was likely revealed were Dwight Howard’s plans for next season. Dwight is in the last year of his contract with Houston, unless he chooses to opt in for another year, which is unlikely.

Because the Rockets started shopping Howard a day after their conversation, it is likely that Howard told the Rockets he’s unsure whether or not he will return to the team next season.

Dwight Howard and James Harden stayed back to talk things over with Bickerstaff and Morey. Morey would not comment on their discussion..

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 11, 2016

The fact that Howard can choose a new destination at the end of this season is what’s making it so hard for the Rockets to find a place to trade him.

There have been multiple discussions surrounding potential suitors for Dwight Howard, including the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets.

All of these teams are hesitant to make a move for Howard because it is likely that he will only remain a member of their lineup for the last couple of months of this season.

Odds are that the Rockets will make a move before the deadline. The question is whether or not it will involve Howard.

Next: Howard for Whiteside

With the trade deadline around the corner make sure you visit Space City Scoop daily for our trade series. Each day SCS will feature an article on who the Rockets should trade for or what it would take to part ways with the players currently on the roster. Finally we’ll assess the Rockets and each team in the Association in terms of what their needs are, if they should be buyers or sellers and also speculate on who would be the ideal trade target.

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