The Boston Celtics are looking at acquiring one of Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets or Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks but the Cs are unwilling to give “premium” assets with the trade deadline looming Thursday.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the update on Twitter.
Sources: So far, Boston's showing unwillingness to pay premium prices on rentals for Al Horford and Dwight Howard.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 18, 2016
Both Howard and Horford have been involved in a lot of NBA trade rumors days leading up to Thursday’s deadline and both will be free agents after the 2015-201.
Both the Rockets and Hawks want something back for them, rather than lose them for nothing in free agency, so both are in the trading block.
Howard has a player option for the Rockets next year and he is looking to get a huge contract extension after the season. Horford, along with Jeff Teague (after next season) are also expected to get huge deals from NBA teams during free agency.
As Wojnarowski noted, both Howard and Horford can be “rentals” this season for any team that acquires them because of their pending free agency.
The Celtics are one of the teams in the NBA with lots of assets to trade at this point of the season. They have a number of young players and prospects and future first round picks including the one from the Brooklyn Nets which is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The Celtics are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 32 wins against 23 losses. Acquiring one of Howard or Horford is seen as something good for Boston as they need to improve their roster for a chance against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.
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