NBA Trade: Dwight Howard to Milwaukee Bucks fell apart because big man refused to opt-in for another season

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The Milwaukee Bucks attempted to trade for Dwight Howard from the Houston Rockets but were let off by the big man’s reluctance to opt-in.

The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to trade for the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard before the NBA trade deadline.However, no negotiations could be finalized as Howard reportedly refused to commit to another season with the Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks wanted Howard to opt into the final year of his contract for the 2016-17 season worth $23.3 million. However, Howard decided against it and now wants to pursue free agency next year wanting a max contract.

The max contract could start at a minimum of $30 million for the first year alone, as reported by ESPN.

It’s still unclear as to what the Bucks’ offered to Houston for Howard. However, sources speculate that they were willing to give Greg Monroe.

Monroe arrived at Milwaukee last year and delivered a respectable season for the Bucks. However, Monroe’s best seems to be not enough as the Bucks looked to offload the center at this year’s trade deadline.

Six teams including Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat apart from Milwaukee were interested in a Dwight Howard deal in trade rumors earlier this week. However, Houston was not prepared to trade Howard without receiving one frontline player as well as a future first-round draft pick in return.

The 30-year-old Howard will stay in Houston, at least through the summer. Given all the news and speculations regarding his trade near the deadline, it would be hard to see the big man in Houston uniform next year.

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