Early Friday morning, Jason Quick of CSNNW tweeted that the Trail Blazers plan is to target both forward Chandler Parsons and center Dwight Howard.
A person with knowledge of the Blazers' plans says their intention is to go after both Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 1, 2016
On ESPN's Mike & Mike this morning, ESPN NBA Insider Amin El-Hassan said that Howard is looking for a deal around $24 million annually. This is slightly above what Hassan Whiteside received and would require the Blazers to make a lot of concessions and/or moves to free up the necessary space.
As noted earlier when discussing the Blazers making a max offer to Whiteside, the Blazers will need to make a few moves in order to be under the cap and have enough space to offer Howard the reported $24 million he's looking for.
There are also rumors out there that Howard may only be getting deals hovering around $15 million annually. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report stated on Wednesday that that was what he was being told by NBA team executives.
Team executives who spoke to B/R predicted Howard might command $10-15 million in a starting salary—far short of the $23.3 million he just opted out of in Houston, and less than half the $31 million max salary he is said to be seeking. He might also have to settle for a short deal.
If that's the case, then things with Portland's restricted free agents change a bit and Blazer's Edge contributor Eric Griffith puts it more simply.
You can keep two of the following 4: Aminu, Davis, Crabbe, and Leonard and give Dwight Howard up to $17 million
We will update this article as more information becomes available.