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Known and plausible Dwight Howard trade partners for Rockets: Heat and Hawks

Charlotte Hornets v Houston Rockets

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the basketball in front of Marvin Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at the Toyota Center on December 31, 2014 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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The Rockets are reportedly shopping Dwight Howard, and they’ve reportedly spoken with the Celtics and Heat.

Who else?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Hornets and Rockets have held exploratory talks on a potential Howard deal since Houston made him available last week. But one source close to the talks expressed pessimism Tuesday that the sides will be able to find common ground on a deal.

The Rockets are believed to be seeking at least one future first-round pick for Howard


Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

the Rockets contacted Toronto, perhaps the closest thing to a one-player-away team, and found zippo interest, sources say

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

So, Boston, Toronto and Charlotte are seemingly out of the race. That leaves Atlanta and Miami – the teams Howard reportedly wants to join – as the only teams known to have talked with Houston and remain interested.

That’s obviously not a coincidence.

Howard will almost certainly opt out this summer. It’s hard to believe a team would offer enough to appease the Rockets without an assurance that Howard would re-sign.