Now that the Brooklyn Nets are out of the picture, the Houston Rpckets are the favorites to land Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. With several young prospects, cap room and a stockpile of future draft picks, the Rockets have the type of package Magic general manager Rob Henniganappears to be looking for.
The first signal of a deal becoming closer was the Rockets’s plans to waive Luis Scola via the amnesty clause.
The Rockets now have the room to absorb some combination of the contracts of Glen Davis, Chris Duhon, Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu, all deals the Magic would love to get rid of.
Details have started to emerge on the other end, too.
According to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN, the “Rockets would have to send Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons to the Magic from their current roster to make the salary-cap math work, as well the draft rights to Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones, all selected in last month’s first round.”
Martin has an expiring deal while Patterson and Morris remain on their rookie deals. Parsons has on of the friendliest deals in the NBA.
Outside of a potential swap for Lakers center Andrew Bynum, this is easily the best deal we’ve seen publicly.
(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)
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