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NBA Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Must Really Want Dwight Howard

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

You have to give credit to the Houston Rockets for not wanting to stick with what they had this season.

They seem very intent on making sure they have the room to sign Dwight Howard this summer in free agency. There are reports that have surfaced that Houston is trying to trade Thomas Robinson to get more space under the cap. I know that Howard can be a difference-maker but if this move is made, there has to be others made along with it.

There is the matter of Omer Asik, who averaged a double-double this season. You probably aren’t going to have both Howard and Asik on the court at the same time or on the same team. The contract of Asik is going to make it really difficult for the team to trade him unless they can find another team with a high-priced superstar.

Could that happen? The only way I could see that happening is if the Rockets were to trade Asik to the Miami Heat for Chris Bosh.

That trade isn’t going to happen if Miami wins their second straight title, though. It leaves me with a quandary about how much interest Houston can honestly have here. Howard would likely bring more of a defensive power onto the court and that could help the team not be one of the worst in the NBA giving up points. It just seems like there is too much out there that would have to happen for Howard to be on the Rockets when next season begins.

I give the team all the credit in the world for trying, though. There are a lot of teams that wouldn’t even do that.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.