Morey's task to make Rockets competitive has deadline

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has reportedly been gauging the trade market for Howard with the NBA's trade deadline. With Whiteside making just $981,348 this season, the Heat would have to add a few other players in a potential deal to make the trade happen.

When Houston Rockets trade rumors began to arise, I examined the possibility of a Dwight Howard for Hassan Whiteside swap. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Miami does not have his full Bird rights.

There are numerous teams that are connected with him like the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks, but the Washington Wizards could stand as a wild card contender.

If it was simply a matter of rolling the dice on someone, the Wizards would be silly not to seriously investigate a trade for Dwight Howard.

This season Whiteside is averaging a double double while leading the National Basketball Association in blocks with almost four per game.

However, it is sad to see Howard's career in Houston turn into the Dwightmare part III.

The trade also makes sense because it would bring Howard back to the Eastern Conference where he probably shouldn't have left to begin with. Big men in their thirties don't tend to improve.

Replacing the center with Howard gives the Heat a proven All-Star who will immediately help the Heat. There is just one difference - Howard's player maturity, and his ability to keep himself composed and focused on the court.

Howard was born and raised in Atlanta and if he were to put on the colors and uniform of his hometown Atlanta Hawks, the city and the fans would embrace him with open arms. So, if his emotions can be reigned in and harnessed by Bosh and Wade in time for the playoffs, not making a trade could work best for the Heat. Later both teams denied the possibility of this type of trade occurring.



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