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Report: Celtics have talked Dwight Howard trade with Rockets

Dwight Howard bothered plenty in Boston with his physical play during a 2010 Magic-Celtics playoff series.

But that doesn’t mean Boston general manager Danny Ainge holds a grudge.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Meanwhile, the Celtics have engaged the Houston Rockets in talks about a possible deal for Dwight Howard, the Daily News has learned.

The Rockets reportedly aren’t looking to trade Howard, who will surely opt out this summer. It still makes sense for Boston – with a ton of positive assets, but no star – to inquire.

It makes even more sense for the Celtics to pursue Howard in free agency in the summer, when they won’t have to deal anything besides cap space to sign him.

I’d be surprised if a Howard-to-Boston trade happens now, but this info might have revealed one of the star-hungry Celtics’ targets.