Dwight Howard has been placed in the trading block days before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday (Feb. 18) and one team has been identified as a possible destination for the Houston Rockets big man.
The Charlotte Hornets, who has missed big man Al Jefferson and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the most part of the 2015-2016 NBA Season because of injuries are reportedly “serious” in acquiring Howard.
According to Queen City Hoops, an affiliate site of ESPN, rumors state that Howard is now linked to the Michael Jordan-owned squad. Naming anonymous sources, the site reports that Hornets are aggressively pushing in acquiring the veteran big man.
“The Hornets would have to part ways w/ a future 1st-round pick to land DH, and as hellbent as MJ is on the playoffs, it’s questionable at best,” Spencer Pency wrote in his article.
The Rockets and Howard’s agent have reportedly discussed possible trade destinations for the veteran center, whose contract expires after the current season. Howard has actually two year left in his deal in Houston but the big man is expected to opt out of that deal for next season and explore free agency where he is looking for a max contract.
It is not known which players will be available for trades in the Hornets’ roster.
With an ailing Jefferson, the Hornets acquiring Howard can address their rebounding and defense issues in a team that features the likes of Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Cody Zeller, Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb.
The Hornets are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 27 wins against 26 losses while the Rockets are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 27-28 record.
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