Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Rockets Would Kill Rebuilding Effort in DH12 Deal

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJune 26, 2012

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On Monday, the Houston Rockets were rumored to have interest in acquiring two top-10 picks in the 2012 draft in order to immediately flip them to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dwight Howard.

Today, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Howard is saying there is “not a chance” he would remain in H-Town past the summer of 2013.

It appears that DH12 has no interest in keeping quiet this summer and plans to continue starring in the media circus that has surrounded him since he first demanded a trade after the 2011 lockout.

The All-Star center is burning more bridges and becoming less and less attractive to potential suitors the more that news and rumors leak out from sources about where he does and doesn’t want to play.

Houston should definitely avoid wasting two top-10 picks in a stacked draft class on a star who reportedly has absolutely no interest in even considering re-signing when his contract is up after next season.

What is even more remarkable is that the Rockets may be considering amassing even more first-round picks to sweeten the offer. Aldridge writes:

One league source said the Rockets hoped to make deals for the additional Draft picks using existing players, so they would have as many as four first-rounders they could put in a package to Orlando for Howard.

Houston would be trading a ridiculous amount of prospective talent in exchange for a petulant big man—coming off an injury, no less—that wants nothing to do with the franchise.

If the Rockets are going to gather up all of those picks, they need to either spend them on prospects that they can develop within the organization or flip them for a superstar that would be receptive to playing in their city for the long haul.

It’s just not worth it for the team to mortgage the future on Howard, who would more than likely be gone in less than one year.