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 (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com 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)

Tags: Andre Drummond Dwight Howard Houston Rockets Kyle Lowry

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon that rumor has houston getting one of 5 OR 8, not both. Don’t see how they get both & still have players to trade 4 d12

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan read the update near bottom of page it mentions them tryin to acquire the 2 picks to then send to us..

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan my guess is they will do lowry trade n 14th for 8th and Kevin Martin/others and 16th for 5th..Martin I hear wants out

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan rockets want to resign Courtney anyways..they will take back atleast 2 of our shitty contracts I’d suppose n throw in Dalembert

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon I’d rather have Lowey/14 than 8, personally

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan I agree…a good PG in Lowry and that 14th pick would be nice..maybe a chance to get Austin or even Jeremy Lamb

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon Dwight/Hedo for Lowry/Patterson/Dalmebert+Martin expiring works. I’d want the ’14 1st, gamble 12 doesnt resign

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon here’s a good breakdown http://t.co/PARX880s

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan idk if hennigan does that trade..he will probably rather take on picks n draft his own guys..

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan I’m bout to read this article..and if we do trade with Rockets I see us player wise askin for Martin, Patterson and picks

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan but like u said lowry and a 1st would be nice as well, would just hope the pick is top 10

  • chris_diggity

    @FadeChrisDuhon @BrodyLogan it’s dalembert + 16 for number 8 and Kyle Lowry for 5

  • chris_diggity

    @FadeChrisDuhon @BrodyLogan can’t forget about possibly getting Fran Vasquez back

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @chris_diggity @BrodyLogan I’ve given up all hope on that turd

  • chris_diggity

    @FadeChrisDuhon @BrodyLogan his rights + Jrich for Beasley

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon Vazquez is gonna be great this year! (In all seriousness, me & a friend have been using #blamevazquez all yr)

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon I’d rather have dalembert’s expiring than the #8 if orl trade’s d12 we’ll be lotto for a great big man draft

  • chris_diggity

    @BrodyLogan @FadeChrisDuhon rather make a run at Hibbert get Fab at 19

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon Ford’s new mock has both Sullinger and K. Marshall available @ 19. Best case scenario for the magic. Would love either

  • dlandon13

    @BrodyLogan @fadechrisduhon who’s he have us taking?

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @dlandon13 @BrodyLogan Marshall id be cool at taking at 19…Sullinger’s I injury scares me

  • BrodyLogan

    @dlandon13 @fadechrisduhon has us going Sullinger. Would be nice to give Dwight help on the glass. I’ll take chances w his back.

  • BrodyLogan

    @dlandon13 @fadechrisduhon I’d prefer Marshall. Big PG is just what we’ve needed

  • BrodyLogan

    @FadeChrisDuhon @dlandon13 yeah, but to get Sullinger’s talent @ 19 is worth the injury risk imo

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan @dlandon13 big PG is what we have needed for years…would like Tyreke Evans but kings might ask for too much

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon hoopshype says orl is trying to package the 19 w a bad contract for a future 1st to dump $

  • chris_diggity

    @BrodyLogan @FadeChrisDuhon push for deron? Cp3 next year?

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan @chris_diggity wow interesting…yep rebuild mode is in full effect

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @chris_diggity @BrodyLogan im thinking cp3

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon something like that. Any cap room is welcome

  • FadeChrisDuhon

    @BrodyLogan @chris_diggity anything to get rid of these contracts like Jrich or hedo…interesting to see what we do with ryno

  • chris_diggity

    @FadeChrisDuhon @BrodyLogan I’ll ask him next time I see him

  • dlandon13

    @BrodyLogan @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon u got a link by chance?

  • BrodyLogan

    @dlandon13 @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon bottom of the article http://t.co/GD4KLwBf

  • dlandon13

    @BrodyLogan @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon appreciate it. interesting.. we could be trying to free ourselves of contracts draft day

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon if we renouce all contracts & Meer opts out, if ORL dumps Hedo w the 19 orl could get down to $38m n salary

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon interesting that Hedo’s contract is unguaranteed after next year. Would be a nice asset.

  • chris_diggity

    @BrodyLogan @FadeChrisDuhon letting ryno walk?

  • BrodyLogan

    @chris_diggity @FadeChrisDuhon yeah, let him walk too if it means a run @ DWill