For those of you just getting into work, Dwight Howard apparently has shifted course once more, telling RealGM in an exclusive interview that he plans to opt-in. This has just been beyond bizarre and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the story take yet another turn in the next ten hours. But for now, Howard is staying with the Magic and the Rockets will turn to their other options. As the saga develops, the whole situation reeks to me of a man conflicted by emotions of greed and loyalty with matters made more complicated by other parties within the inner ranks. I also don’t think Dwight fully understood the financial/legal ramifications of various potential routes of action.Jonathan Feigen’s latest this morning is filled with various nuggets of information, chiefly that the Rockets are certain to make a deal.Among the highlights:
The Magic, however, had not shown much interest in the Rockets’ roster. The Rockets have been among the most aggressive teams in trying to work a deal, but the Magic have generally looked the other way.The Rockets have insisted they would not move Lowry even in a deal for Pau Gasol, their preseason target. One front office executive said he believed the Rockets would make that deal, arguing that they had to hold out something to offer at the last minute and Lowry is the only way to up the ante.With Martin’s contract expiring next season, the Rockets believe they would be best served to get him going again, at least to some degree, and they have handled negotiations that way for weeks.There was expected to be more talk about Lee and Martin today than anyone on the roster, with much of that heating up on Tuesday. The Bulls and Clippers have sought a shooting guard. Rick Adelman’s Timberwolves would love Martin, but will likely wait for him to become a free agent.The Rockets still want to upgrade inside and went hard after Andrew Bogut, but their inability to close that deal might show an unwillingness to move Martin, and maybe Lee.Goran Dragic seemed the most likely player to be moved in a deal like last season’s.
Finally, via Adrian Wojnarowski, with the news on Howard, the Nets now have turned to efforts to surround Deron Williams with talent.