Here is the most important thing you need to know about this.
The Rockets are willing to make a trade without Howard signing an extension and more than anything else, that could get a deal done with the Magic.
One rival general manager told ESPN.com that he believes Houston’s real aim is acquiring two top-10 picks this week to turn around quickly and offer both to the Orlando Magic as part of a considerable trade offer for Dwight Howard.
The Rockets’ willingness to trade for Howard — even without the All-Star center’s signature on a contract extension — is an open secret around the league. But it’s believed that two top-eight picks, assuming Houston managed to complete trades with both Sacramento and Toronto, would seriously pique the interest of new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, who could then quickly start following the same sort of roster-building blueprint relied on by his previous employers in Oklahoma City.
Acquiring those early lottery picks, though, only represents half of Houston’s challenge if Howard is indeed the Rockets’ target. The other hurdle is convincing Hennigan, who hasn’t even been on the job for a week in Central Florida, to part with Howard so quickly.
It would be a huge mistake for Hennigan not to take the best possible trade available to him before the NBA Draft.
Howard has proved anything but trustworthy, get him off your team and start rebuilding through the draft. It is the smart and prudent thing to do.
Kyle Lowry Tweet indicates moves are already being made.
It's been real
— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) June 25, 2012
Here is how the proposed trade could possibly look like.
Orlando sends Howard to Houston. Houston sends Lowry + 14th pick to Sacramento. Sacramento sends the 5th overall pick to Orlando. Houston sends the 16th pick Dalembert and Diamon Simpson (contract fillers) to Orlando. Orlando sends Duhon to Sacramento.
Complicated I know, but if Houston willing to deal without getting assurances from Dwight Howard, it is something the Magic should pull trigger on.