Dwight Howard has found his name on the NBA trade rumors once again. It looks like the James Harden-Dwight Howard combo is not working anymore as the Houston Rockets currently stand below .500. Will The Rockets finally make a move to improve their current standing?
In a report from NVO, Dwight Howard might go back to the Eastern Conference. “The 30-year old player of Houston Rockets is reportedly feeling disenchanted with his current team and this is the reason that he is getting ready to opt-out of his contract,” the article claimed.
“Nonetheless he will have to wait for the season to end before making a move.”
Although it could not be confirmed, Dwight Howard is reportedly angry about his lack of touches as he’s averaging this season a measly 13.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. For his career, the 6-10 center is averaging 18.0 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
For comparison, James Harden, the league’s top second scorer, already chucked three times the number of shots that Dwight Howard attempted.
Now, Dwight can become a free agent by the end of next season and it is rumored that he might not exercise that option.
“Howard has a player option for next season worth $23.2 million, but a person with knowledge of the Rockets situation said they are expecting him to opt out and become a free agent,” Amick wrote. “The person spoke to USA Today Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.”
However, Howard was quick to deny those rumors. He said that he went to Houston whole-heartedly and he is not planning to make any excuses.
“I chose to go to Houston (via free agency in the summer of 2013), so why would I just say, ‘I’m not happy’ and leave. I chose this place, you know what I’m saying? And I want to make this thing work here,” Howard said.
Regardless, the Rockets can’t afford to lose an All-Star center without getting someone in return. Hence, this might force their hand to make a deal for the center.