Dec 26, 2011; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) attempts to make a play as Houston Rockets forward Jeff Adrien (8) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Are Houston's Potential Moves Aimed At Dwight Howard?

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The Houston Rockets are attempting to trade Kyle Lowry and one of both of their first round picks (they hold the 14th and 16 picks) to trade for at least one pick in the top 10. Both Sacramento (5) and Toronto (8) have let it be known their picks are available.

Chad Ford and Marc Stein, who filed the report to ESPN, believe Houston wants to select Connecticut Center Andre Drummond.

Lowry even sent out a rather ominous tweet possibly implying he was on the way out.

The Rockets have been enamored with big men for some time, even essentially acquiring Pau Gasol in a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets, before it was eventually nixed.

However, this seems to be more of a play for Dwight Howard than anything else. The Rockets were supposedly close to acquiring Howard last season and surely will be in play for the league’s best big man again.

With new General Manager Rob Hennigan’s experience and work in the draft, two top eight picks in a very deep draft are very valuable and could be just what the Magic need if they have to start the rebuilding process.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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