Houston's goal is to get either Howard or Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. They've had "preliminary" discussions with the Lakers and Magic about a deal that would send Howard to L.A. and Bynum to Houston, with the Magic getting a rebuilding package. Houston has also discussed two-team trades with Orlando.
Key for the Rockets is a pick they're set to acquire from Toronto for Kyle Lowry. "Rockets' position strengthened, sources say, by fact no team has yet offered Magic better pick than first-rounder via Toronto in Lowry trade," tweets Marc Stein.
Meanwhile, Sam Amick reports, "there is still optimism in the Nets camp that a two-team Dwight Howard deal can be done with Orlando. The main reason? As many as five first-round picks are in play that would wind up going to the Magic."
- Can Lakers, Rockets, Magic Make a Deal? - Eric Pincus - HoopsWorld
- Magic look for Dwight Howard bids - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Determined to trade Howard, Magic exploring options with multiple teams - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Sam Amick's post on Basketball - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated via Sulia