The Miami Heat is showing strong interest in Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, reports Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Apparently they might be willing to give up on the Hassan Whiteside Experiment to get the often-injured 30-year-old big man.
Dwight Howard could be moved by Thursday's trade deadline. Miami is talking with Houston about a deal that would include Hassan Whiteside.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 15, 2016
Howard to Miami, initially predicted by Chris Sheridan in December, would be a shocker for a few reasons. First of all Howard makes just over $22 million this year while Whiteside makes just under $1 million.
Assuming Miami isn’t trading Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, or Chris Bosh — it would be mind-numbing if otherwise — here’s an example of the type of deal they’d have to make for the financials to work.
The issue would be Miami is trading three rotation players for one, depleting any semblance of depth. Also, Howard isn’t the same terrifying force he once was. The more likely scenario is this being a potential three-team deal, involving other pieces to help even the salary mismatch.
So as long as the Heat isn’t giving up a young core piece like Dragic or Winslow, I’d be alright with a deal. However Miami would potentially be sacrificing serious cap space this summer with Dwight possessing a player option of just over $23 million.
And Miami NEEDS shooting.
With the Heat also showing interest in stretch-four Omri Casspi (and the Kings liking Tyler Johnson), here’s what a three-team deal with Houston and Sacramento could look like, assuming the Rockets value Rudy Gay, a player the Kings might be interested in unloading.
What does Pat Riley have up his sleeve?