Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Rockets Reportedly Form New Proposal to Land D12

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 4:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives to the basket against Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets at Amway Arena January 4, 2008 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets just won’t give up.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford, the Rockets have created a new trade proposal to entice the Orlando Magic into trading Dwight Howard.

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.

Previously, there had been reports that the Rockets would merely be the third wheel in a deal for Howard, with the Magic star heading to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Rockets acquiring Andrew Bynum.

This latest potential deal would strictly be between the Magic and the Rockets.