NBA trade deadline rumor roundup: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard? – Washington Post

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — at least for NBA junkies. The league’s trade deadline is fast approaching (Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. EST, to be exact) and already NBA watchers are making bold predictions. Take, for instance, this Bill Simmons tweet:

Four all-stars named in just one tweet! Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin. Oh, how we love the NBA trade deadline. Here are the latest rumors and news:

Thursday, Feb. 11

Not so fast on Rockets trading Dwight Howard?’s Marc Stein threw a bit of cold water on the report from earlier Thursday that Houston has indeed begun to look for a suitor for its franchise center. Stein tweeted out comments from both Howard and his agent Dan Fegan denying that the eight-time all-star wants out of a Rockets’ uniform.

“I want to win,” Howard told Stein. “I want this situation to work. I chose this team. And I’m not running because we have been faced with some adversity.”

Report: Rockets contacting teams about Dwight Howard trade

A big star could be on the move, according to the reliable Adrian Wojnarowski.

Celtics continue to chase Al Horford?

Boston has been linked to the Hawks’ all-star big man, and Yahoo’s Chris Mannix told a local radio station that the Celtics should pull the trigger if the opportunity arises.

Hawks looking really uncertain about their current group

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer Chris Vivlamore, the team is “taking phone calls about everybody on the roster.” The team sent four players to the All-Star Game this time last year.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Is Carmelo Anthony attainable?

Chris Sheridan implores the Knicks to move their all-star forward, while Bill Simmons starts dreaming up trade scenarios that land Carmelo in Los Angeles and Blake Griffin in Boston.

More NBA trade deadline coverage:

If the Clippers choose to trade Blake Griffin, here’s where he could land

Blake to the Knicks for Carmelo? Griffin-Love between the Clippers and Cavs? Or the Wizards giving up a lot of young assets? (Read More)

Will the Rockets really trade Dwight Howard this season?

For a team like the Celtics, despite the fact Howard would be an excellent fit for them as the kind of rim-protecting center and pick-and-roll partner for freshly-minted all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas, the question becomes: How much are you willing to give up for a player that could potentially leave in six months? And does that mean you can give up enough to make it worth Houston’s while to move on from him? (Read More)

These Western Conference teams should be sellers at the trade deadline

There are three teams with a chance to move into the No. 8 seed: the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. But the prize there is to face either the Spurs or Warriors in the first round. (Read More)

There are more sellers than buyers at the trade deadline in the Eastern Conference

A second tier of playoff teams consisting of the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons should all feel confident in adding a missing piece at the trade deadline. (Read More)

NBA trade deadline rumor roundup: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard? – Washington Post

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