The Houston Rockets have turned down the Charlotte Hornets in their attempt to acquire veteran center Dwight Howard, according to reports during the NBA’s trade deadline day.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported that the Hornets and Rockets discussed a trade but could not agree to a deal that would work for both teams. Charlotte’s reported offer was a package of centers Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes.
Nearing the deadline at 3PM Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there was “no significant traction” for any deals for Howard, who was also linked to the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks in earlier NBA trade rumors.
The 30-year-old Howard is seen as a player already past his prime although he has played well for the Rockets this season. The big man has averages of 14.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game in the 2015-2016 NBA Season, his third year in Houston.
The Rockets are just in ninth place in the Western Conference with 27 wins against 28 losses so far this season. Reported chemistry issues in the team, especially that of Howard and Rockets’ franchise player James Harden has been reported days before the trade deadline.
Howard is also expected to become a free agent after the season and is reportedly looking for a huge contract extension.
Houston did a minor NBA trade on deadline day sending Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons.
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