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Should The Rockets Do Whatever They Can To Deal Dwight Howard Before The NBA Trade Deadline?

Submitted by on February 18, 2016 – 10:35 amNo Comment

The NBA trade deadline is today, and that means that we’re probably going to see a bunch of players switch teams before the day is over. Most of trades that get done are likely going to be relatively small deals with playoff teams adding one or two minor role players as they make a push towards the postseason. But according to multiple reports, the Houston Rockets are trying to make a big splash this week by trading their star center Dwight Howard. From the Boston Celtics to the Charlotte Hornets to the Atlanta Hawks, there have been several teams who have reportedly spoken to the Rockets about a trade involving Howard, but so far, no deal has been done. Reports have indicated that the Rockets haven’t received any offers that have enticed them thus far. So should they just hang on to Howard for the rest of the season?

In reality, keeping Howard is probably the only way the Rockets will have any chance of making the playoffs this season, let alone making it deep into the postseason. Since making a trip to the Western Conference Finals last season, Houston has been a big disappointment. Howard, James Harden, and the Rockets are one game under .500 heading into the second half of the 2015-16 NBA season, and they just look off when they take the court.  But if the Rockets trade Howard, they aren’t going to get a player or players who can help them right now. They’ll likely land a few draft picks and a couple of young guys who will ideally help them in the future, but they won’t get a player of equal value for Howard. So with that in mind, not getting a deal done might be the best thing for them.

But on the other hand, even if the Rockets do make the playoffs this year, they don’t seem to have a strong enough team to make any real noise. And this summer, Howard will have the opportunity to opt out of his current contract and sign with whoever he wants to sign with, which means he might leave Houston this year one way or another. So if the Rockets are concerned about that, they should take what they can get for him now instead of getting nothing for him later.

In the end, we would guess that the Rockets simply won’t get a trade offer that will motivate them enough to trade Howard. But that won’t end the saga surrounding him. The Rockets need to figure out who they are as a team and who they want to be moving forward and act accordingly with regards to Howard. Otherwise, they might get stuck in a bad position this summer if he leaves town.

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