With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, seeing that the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets are entering the Dwight Howard sweepstakes is crazy. Why would these two teams enter when they have nothing to offer the Magic center?
However, according to CBSSports.com, the Rockets and Warriors both want to try to grab the All-Star center from Orlando at the deadline:
The Rockets and Warriors continue to be open to landing Howard in a rental deal, hoping they could persuade the All-Star center to stay beyond the six-week finale to the season.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Having a rental is a good move, when you’re a team that is just a piece away from making a deep run towards a championship. However, the Rockets and Warriors are more than just one-piece from a title run.
In fact, both teams are currently outside of the Western Conference top-eight teams.
Houston has the best chance at getting into the playoffs since they are tied for the final spot in the Western Conference with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But the Warriors are four games out of the final playoff spot, with a 15-21 record.
The Magic and Warriors have talked about making a trade recently. From Chris Broussard of ESPN:
Golden State is willing to listen to the Magic about a potential trade for its shooting guard, but there is little on Orlando's roster that appeals to the Warriors, according to sources. Golden State's greatest desire is to add a quality big man to its roster.
So, Golden State wants a big man, and there is little that the Warriors want unless that player is Howard.
With Houston, if they would make a move for Howard, they would more than likely have to give up Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and another player. These two players were mentioned when the Rockets were trying to land Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
If this move is made, it does nothing for the Rockets or Howard in trying to chase a championship.
Instead, Orlando should dismiss any offers from these two teams and keep Howard on their roster for the remainder of the season. They can still be active at the deadline, but by building around Howard, not moving him away.