Celtics, Rockets Talk Dwight Howard Trade

4:46pm: The Rockets have indeed engaged in trade talks with teams regarding Howard, but the asking price is reportedly very steep and Houston is not merely looking to dump him, Chris Mannix of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports tweets.

2:55pm: The teams never really had a negotiation, multiple league sources told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who explains that the trade proposal quickly died after a brief exchange. Still, the Rockets have made efforts to trade Howard, Bulpett hears.

10:37am: The talks aren’t expected to progress past the discussion phase, a league source tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Blakely suggests the Celtics would have to include David Lee, plus additional players, draft assets, or both to make any Howard trade work. Boston has reportedly made Lee available and the Celtics and Lee’s representatives are cooperating as they explore trade options for him, Blakely adds.

7:58am: The Celtics have engaged the Rockets in trade talks about Dwight Howard, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports amid a larger piece. It’s unclear how receptive Houston has been to the idea of trading the former All-Star center or how aggressively Boston is pursuing him. The 30-year-old Howard has a player option worth more than $23.282MM for next season, but the Rockets reportedly expect him to turn it down, no surprise given that he’d be eligible for a maximum salary of a projected $29.3MM in free agency.

Howard has been relatively healthy this season after missing 41 games last year and has been regularly playing in back-to-backs after having been held out of them at the beginning of the season. Still, he’s averaging 14.4 points on 8.6 shots per game, his lowest numbers in either categories since he was a 19-year-old rookie in 2004/05. His 1.6 blocks per game are relatively low compared to the number of shots he swatted in years past, including a career-high 2.9 in 2008/09, but he’d still represent the sort of rim-protecting force the Celtics have lacked.

The Dan Fegan client, along with others on the Rockets, denied a report in December that he’s “extremely unhappy” with his role in Houston. Gauging his level of contentment in either Houston or with a would-be trade to Boston would undoubtedly be key if the trade discussions reach any advanced stage, since he can walk as a free agent at season’s end.

The Celtics and Rockets both have a surplus of point guards and power forwards, so it’s difficult to see how the sides could help each other in a swap. Still, Rockets GM Daryl Morey used to work under Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, so it’s not surprising to see them have a dialogue.

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Bbone34
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Bbone34
7 months 27 days ago

I don’t think there’s a chance this deal happens. The Celtics aren’t gonna come close to the Rockets asking price and I don’t think they should. A 30 year old center with major mileage on him and he’ll want 30mil for a few years.

J_empire
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J_empire
7 months 27 days ago

Agree he doesn’t help the Celtics , old and often injured. Def not worth a nets pick . Lee and Sully for Howard and Jones

CamStros
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CamStros
7 months 27 days ago

That deal is beyond terrible. Lol

Chris Crouse
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7 months 27 days ago

Lee and Sully shouldn’t be enough for the Rockets. Does Avery Bradley entice Houston? He wouldn’t be a bad fir next to Harden.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
7 months 26 days ago

As a Celtics fan I wouldn’t give up Bradley in this deal. Taking on Howard’s contract is risk enough for me, I don’t wanna lose a good guard too.

Miklo916
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Miklo916
7 months 26 days ago

What are you smoking

smittybanton
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smittybanton
7 months 27 days ago

With the store of picks the Celtics have, they are probably looking at Brook Lopez as an alternative.

APatt
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APatt
7 months 27 days ago
This makes some sense for both teams. I can see Houston moving on from Howard, realizing that they can’t compete in the West and he is likely to opt out, not thinking he has value of a Max player moving forward and capitalizing on him as an asset now, and Boston needing a low post scorer who would be more effective on a team of perimeter shooters and a collapsing guard without marrying to him long term. The problem is that, while Boston might have the draft assets to offer Houston that would be intriguing, there isn’t in any way… Read more »
Chris Crouse
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7 months 27 days ago

I can envision Dwight playing for the Mavs next season. He would be a good basketball fit there.

Carlos
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Carlos
7 months 27 days ago

Maybe D Orlando Magic, so they keep him on D Bench, THE Magics FANS will enjoy that

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 27 days ago

i say dwight/ariza for crowder,thomas,lee and either oly or zeller

AndreasYe
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AndreasYe
7 months 27 days ago

That is literally one of the worst trades I have ever seen, lol. Thomas is an all-star PG and Crowder is one of the best two-way SF’s in the league and he’s only getting better. Celtics would not trade two young, elite players for two washed-up players whose best days are behind them. Celtics would be giving up WAY too much. Smart, Crowder, Thomas, and the Brookyln picks aren’t going anywhere unless the trade involves Demarcus Cousins.

jacobsigel1025
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jacobsigel1025
7 months 27 days ago

Way too much value for Boston to give up. Cmon now

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 26 days ago

so dwight howard isnt the 3rd best center in the league ? and boston would still have all its picks and i think that a lineup with
howard,sully,ariza,turner,smart would put you into the east finals imho .. also you would be getting something for lee who seems to have become a cancer in your locker room. what is a fair trade in your opinon for howard from the celtics ?

Jon L
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Jon L
7 months 26 days ago

I’d take Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, and Karl-Anthony Towns over Dwight any day of the week. He’s not a top 3 center anymore.

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 26 days ago

your reaching on jordan, and davis is more a power foward ? and by same token .. crowder or thomas is hardly a top 10 at their spot … so i fail to see how my trade suggestion was the worst ever as some have suggested..

garrett_siltz
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garrett_siltz
7 months 26 days ago

That would be a horrible trade Isaiah and Jae are probably the two most important players on the team and kelly is a good scorer off the bench if they did that trade they would lose a lot of important pieces

steve
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steve
7 months 26 days ago
Your not taking into consideration the contracts. Dwight is injury prone, and most importantly only under contract this season, and almost assured to decline his player option for next year. If this was last year your proposed trade would be a starting point, but this is no longer the case. As a celtics fan, I am willing to say that many fans overrate a guy like Crowder (he definitely is not “elite” at least not yet), however the same can definitely be said about Huston’s value of Dwight Howard. As it stands there is no way the celtics would make… Read more »
Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
7 months 27 days ago

I think Ainge should be calling Hinkie. He needs a point guard and Philly has a Noel they can’t use, and would love the Nets pick. Only problem is they would strengthen a conference rival, but that would also go two ways, Celtics would be better too.

JT19
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JT19
7 months 26 days ago

Lol Bradley/Smart/Rozier (take your pick of the aforementioned “point” guards) plus the Nets pick is worth more than Noel. If the 76ers wanted Thomas (not that Boston would give him up) then Philly would need to send back way more value.

Grant Weddle
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Grant Weddle
7 months 26 days ago

Rozier couldn’t lace Noel’s shoes and I would argue Noel is better than Smart. Plus a proven talent is worth more than a pick in my eyes so you could go either way on that one. Regardless Noel for Smart is a win win and both teams have spare assets to throw in to entice the other if they’re hesitant. It just makes too much sense

smittybanton
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smittybanton
7 months 26 days ago
Fair deal in the abstract. Problem is, Sixers have three or four first round picks this year, depending on whether the Lakers pick vests (top 3 protected). Plus they presumably have Dario Saric and Joel Embiid joining the team next year. That’s already five or six players to add next year, and that’s without signing any free agents with their $60M in cap space. Which means, Sixers don’t have any reason to make a move immediately, despite the media narrative that they have to move a center. Embiid is not guaranteed to be healthy. And a very good team needs… Read more »
Shawn
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Shawn
7 months 26 days ago

Love for d12 but I think lebron would not go for it

Marc
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Marc
7 months 26 days ago

Houston! Boston like every other team is just TALKING / all teams have dialogue about players and possabilities every year especially around the trade deadline. Besides Dwight even with his health concerns at 30 is a far more dominant and superior talent than anyone on Boston’s roster period !! Non- story

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 26 days ago

@ marc i could not agree more which is why the only way i think it happens is if the celtics put thomas and crowder in the deal and lee has the cap filler.
if i was morey i would be scared to death of commiting long term to dwight but i would also be scared of letting one of the last legit centers walk for nothing.

JT19
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JT19
7 months 26 days ago

Thomas and Crowder have much more value combined than Howard. Howard WAS good and USED to be a top center. On an expiring contract (assuming he opts out), two good, young players with control is not worth a washed up Howard. The best way to think if a trade is fair is to flip the script and say would Houston/fans(like yourself, i assume your a houston fan) give up Thomas and Crowder for Howard. If the answer is no, then its probably not a fair/good trade.

Daniel Morairity
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Daniel Morairity
7 months 26 days ago

I don’t see Howard going to Boston he might as well go to Orlando where he started his career and finish there

Longwood Bob
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Longwood Bob
7 months 26 days ago

Howard is probably the most despised athlete in central florida…burned the franchise down on his way out the door…never happen

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 25 days ago

orlando went from hating shaq to hating t-mac to hating dwight .. whos next ?

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