The Rockets appear to be stockpiling assets in an effort to make a run at Dwight Howard via trade and Deron Williams via free agency. But would Williams be open to signing with the Rockets? A recent report suggested that he has narrowed his options to the Nets and Mavericks, and SI.com's Sam Amick hears from a source close to Williams that even if the Rockets acquired Howard, Houston is not likely to be added to D-Will's free agent wish list.
Williams has long been rumored to have interest in teaming up with Howard, but it appears he'd rather do so in Brooklyn, where he can sign a five-year max-salary deal, or in Dallas, his hometown. Even if the Rockets were to acquire D12, there's no guarantee that the star center would stick around more than a year, since he's set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Bill Ingram and Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported earlier today that while Houston's ideal scenario this offseason involves pairing Williams and Howard, Plan B consists of trying to trade for Howard and another star, such as Rudy Gay or Josh Smith.