Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks are engaging in trade talks that would send Dwight Howard to his hometown franchise ahead of the February 18 deadline, according to latest NBA Trade Rumors.
Yahoo Sports reports that league executives and Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, are currently working on possible landing spots for the 30-year-old center. Despite several reports that Howard in on the trade block, Fegan refuted the rumors in a statement to ESPN. “I’m not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say, with 100 percent certainty, is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade. And neither have I.”
The proposed trade to Atlanta Hawks is something that would have Howard’s blessings since he gets an opportunity to return to his hometown. With Hawks placing Al Horford, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague on the trading block, there is a possibility that Rockets include Ty Lawson in the deal. Fox Sports has also proposed a trade that would send Donatas Motiejūnas and Howard to Hawks for Horford and Tiago Splitter.
However, ESPN Trade Machine has approved a trade that would send Horford and Korver to Rockets for Howard. It would be a win-win situation for both teams since Rockets get a quality center and marksman for a player who is past his prime. Also, Howard gets a chance to reboot his career in front of his hometown fans.
The only issue with the trade to Hawks is that Horford is an unrestricted free agent over the summer. Therefore, unless Houston is able to convince Horford to consider Rockets as a permanent future home, the trade could be a risky one to go through with. In the end, it all boils down to where the player wants to play since he will be free of contractual obligations over the summer.
The Houston Rockets, who reached the Western Conference Finals last year, are barely clinging to a playoff spot this year with a below .500 record of 27-28. After their 116-113 defeat to the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday, coach J.B. Bickerstaff called them “a broken team.” Also, veteran Jason Terry walked through the media room and kept reiterating that the team “lacked chemistry.”
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