Vertical Sources: Houston has started contacting teams about trading Dwight Howard. https://t.co/Bwp1MKTNq7— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 11, 2016
Howard has one year remaining on his current deal- a player option- of over $23 million. The belief is that the Rockets may feel that Howard intends to opt out this summer, leaving the Rockets with nothing in return. If Howard is to command one last max deal, that would mean his starting salary would be nearly $25 million (10 year vet and 105% increase mandated).
Since these reports have surfaced, Marc Stein of ESPN has reported that Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, released a statement regarding both his and his client's communication with the Rockets franchise.
"Dan Fegan, agent for Dwight Howard, issues statement to ESPN: "I'm not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say, with 100 percent certainty, is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade. And neither have I."
Speculation about Howard moving seems to be updating by the hour, however, no direct links with the Blazers have been reported as of yet. If new information is released we will update as necessary.
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