Dwight Howard Interested In Hawks?

TUESDAY, 3:08pm: The Rockets and Hawks have spoken, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com indicates via Twitter, though it’s unclear what sort of dialogue took place.

MONDAY, 9:44am: Dwight Howard would like to find a way to play for the Hawks, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN, who spoke this morning in an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show (audio link, scroll to 7:30 mark). His representatives spoke with the Hawks as early as last year, Broussard adds. The Hawks, in Howard’s hometown of Atlanta, were one of the teams with which Howard met in the summer of 2013, when he ultimately signed with the Rockets. Still, Howard said last week that he hasn’t asked for a trade.

The Rockets have reportedly engaged teams about their interest in trading for Howard, but it’s not clear whether the Hawks are one of them, and it appears to be more a matter of due diligence than any serious push to trade him. Broussard suggests it’s unlikely that Houston moves him before Thursday’s deadline. Agent Dan Fegan made comments last week that seemed to counter an assertion in the report from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports that the Rockets were working in concert with him to find a new home for the star center.

Houston expects Howard to opt out of his contract and hit free agency this summer, when longtime Hawks center Al Horford is also poised to become a free agent. The Hawks, who apparently aren’t entirely sure Horford will re-sign, have been calling teams to assess their interest in trading for him, along with Jeff Teague, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote this weekend. Still, Horford has said he’s content in Atlanta. The Hawks already have close to $53MM in guaranteed salary for next season, so it would likely be impossible for the team to sign both Horford and Howard to max deals under the projected $89MM cap.

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6 thoughts on “Dwight Howard Interested In Hawks?

  1. Chris Crouse

    A Howard-Horford swap would be great for Houston, even if the Rockets have to give up additional assets.

    • Arthur Hill

      Horford only makes $12MM this year, while Howard’s salary is more than $22MM. That’s a lot of extra money for Atlanta to match to make a deal work.

    • Millsap and fillers for howard.

      Summer sign Horford then either Howard or Noah

      This is hawks chances to make a splash, gotta take the gambe.

      40 million cap space if doesn’t work

      • Kamau

        Howard doesn’t fit Buddenholzers style of play, like…at all, Horford will stay.

  2. link to espn.go.com. Works out well for all teams magic gets Teague and gets rid of the terrible Frye contract. Rockets get horford and Scott and gets to part way with Howard. And hawks get both victor and Howard where he can be the superstar of the twam like he wants to be. And a Linup of Schroder victor korver Paul mislap and Howard would be nasty.

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