Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops is reporting that Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets is unhappy with his present situation and could be on the move.
Dwight Howard is extremely unhappy in Houston playing second fiddle to alpha dog James Harden, multiple league sources tell SheridanHoops.com. And with the Rockets underachieving more than any NBA team, look for them to try to move Howard later this season.
And the destination that makes the most sense is Miami in a trade centered around Hassan Whiteside.
It makes so much sense, in fact, that I will go so far as to predict that Howard will be wearing a Miami Heat uniform by the end of February.
Sheridan is basing that prediction on another report, also from Sheridan Hoops, but Michael Scotto as the source, which had the Heat being interested in trading Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow to the Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins.
Problem is, the Kings are not inclined to move Boogie (although they were on draft night, when a deal with the Lakers for D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and a low first-rounder) would have gotten it done — if the Lakers had said “yes,” which they didn’t).
It’s hard to know how much to make of all this. I wouldn’t go so far as to predict that Howard gets moved before the trade deadline. The Rockets are certainly in a slide to start the season, but Harden and Howard also form a core that went to the Western Conference Finals last year. Is Daryl Morey going to junk that so quickly?
Also, a package of Winslow and Whiteside for Howard would seem pretty steep. Sheridan predicts that Deng and Chris Anderson would be involved to make the money work. It’s questionable that the Heat would be willing to give up that much for a player who hasn’t been at his peak performance in several years.