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The Houston Rockets were one of the dozen or so teams that expressed interest in Dwight Howard last summer when the Orlando Magic were looking to deal him. In fact, the Rockets may have even offered the Magic a better package than the eventual four-team trade that occurred.
Houston was reported last summer to be offering Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, Chandler Parsons, Royce White (ugh), Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Jones in exchange for Dwight Howard and several bad contracts (Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu, in whichever combination).
The Rockets still have all of the mentioned players with the exception of Kevin Martin, who was magically transformed into the NBA's fourth leading scorer, as Daryl Morey took advantage of Oklahoma City's desperation to obtain something for a player they couldn't afford to keep.
Now James Harden is seeking a second fiddle, and Dwight Howard would be perfect for that. Howard served as Orlando's No. 1 option, but in Houston, he would be a perfect complement to a true No. 1 talent in Harden.
The Rockets could put together a very favorable package for Howard, and if Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak chose the right pieces, it could strengthen the Lakers considerably.
A similar deal could involve sending Chandler, Cole Aldrich, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in exchange for Howard. The deal would dismantle the Rockets starting lineup and ultimately zap the team of depth, but long term they could easily fill the roster out this summer as they'll still be far under the league's salary cap.
The Lakers would actually be the true victors of such a deal, obtaining the promising Omer Asik and potential future All-Star Chandler Parsons while also obtaining Jeremy Lin.
Lin could benefit from the tutelage of Steve Nash and would be a good fit in Mike D'Antoni's offensive system. Aldrich is trade filler but would be a good big body off the bench.
The Rockets lineup would look about like this after the trade:
PG- Toney Douglas
SG- James Harden
SF- Carlos Delfino / Royce White (sure...)
PF- Marcus Morris / Terrence Jones
C- Dwight Howard / Greg Smith
This lineup wouldn't be so great, and backing it up would be players that would be borderline unrosterable, but Daryl Morey made a strong push to do that this summer. So, there's no guarantee he might not undo the great work he did by obtaining James Harden a putrid blockbuster like the one concocted above.
Possible? Still, yes.
It would be insane because there's likely a slim chance Howard would stay in Houston, and it's still possible because Morey may not be quite as deft with trades as the James Harden coup would lead people to believe.