The Houston Rockets just won’t give up.
This time, they are willing to absorb even more long-term salary commitments.
According to the report, ESPN's sources claim Houston is now willing to take on the contracts of forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis and guards Jason Richardson and Chris Duhon, while also handing over at least one future first-round pick and one or more of the three players (Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, Terrence Jones) Houston selected in last month’s NBA draft.
Orlando would essentially be hitting the “restart button” on their franchise with the enormous amount of cap flexibility this potential deal would give them, in addition to multiple first-round picks in the 2013 draft.
According to the report, Houston is offering some variation of Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons Orlando’s way to ensure the salary-cap math works out.
The Rockets were able to absorb more salary after today’s official announcement that they used the amnesty clause on Luis Scola (per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen), which frees up $21 million over the next three years.
It’s been a busy Friday for Houston, who also signed free-agent guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet, which is expected to be matched by the New York Knicks (per Newsday's Al Iannazzone). They now have three days to do it.
Despite Howard’s insistence that he’ll only sign a long-term deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is convinced he can persuade Howard to stay past the 2012-13 season.
Houston has clearly been constructing its team around a potential Howard trade for some time now, and it currently has the best offer on the table.
This latest potential deal would strictly be between the Magic and the Rockets.