With many signings and trades already undertaken, the one deal that has everybody around the league buzzing has not happened. Disgruntled Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard, who has more than voiced his opinion about wanting out of the sunshine state, still looms in the mix. However, sources say that the Houston Rockets have repackaged their trade proposal to Orlando for this summer's top NBA prize.
Vying to take on more of Howard's hefty salary, the Rockets are hoping they can pull the trigger on a deal for the big man.
If an agreement between the two sides does get reached, sources from ESPN claim that Houston will then release power forward Luis Scola via his amnesty clause, and would be prepared to cut their financial losses of Glen Davis, Jason Richardson and Chris Duhon.
The deal would also involve sending the Magic multiple 1st round draft picks and some draft picks. This in turn, would give Orlando the ability to clear out payroll for their post-Dwight Howard rebuilding plans.
Currently, Houston's general Manager Daryl Morey is aiming set up a possible deal that will allow the Rockets to not only acquire Howard but to also get back some combination of Duhon, Davis, Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.
The recently upgraded Los Angeles Lakers ala Steve Nash, still have interest in acquiring Howard as well. However, the do not have the amount of depth in terms of future 1st round picks or the spending room to absorb any undesired contracts from Orlando as Houston does.
It has been no mystery that Dwight Howard prefers to be playing alongside Deron Williams and the newly repackaged Brooklyn Nets. But with the trade talks headed nowhere, the Nets made the decision to resign a familiar face in Brook Lopez to a four-year $60 million dollar max contract.
Howard is signed through the 2012-2013 with the option to opt out at the seasons end.
If the Houston Rockets do indeed execute the trade for Howard, there is no guarantee that he will re-sign.
Two words for that: BUYER BEWARE!