Reports say the Houston Rockets are currently contacting teams about a potential trade of Dwight Howard, reports Yahoo Sports.
Sources say that the All-Star’s agent, Dan Fegan, and the Rockets are working together on potential destinations for him.
Fegan, however, seemed to deny reports in a statement to ESPN, saying: “I’m not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say, with 100 percent certainty, is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade. And neither have I.”
Howard echoed his agent’s statement, also telling ESPN: “Dan’s statement is true. I have not asked the Rockets to trade me. Nor have I talked about right trades. I want to win. I want this situation to work. I chose this team. And I’m not running because we have been faced with some adversity.”
The Rockets currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference with a 27-28 record.
After the team’s 116-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff called the Rockets “a broken team.”
Howard is averaging 14.6 points and 12.0 rebounds this season, his third with the team, where he signed a four-year deal worth about $88 million in 2013. However, he is expected to bypass the $23.3 million he’s scheduled to earn in 2016-17 to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
According to Yahoo Sports, Howard’s uncertain long-term future in Houston is a reason the team has started gauging other teams’ interests. The trade deadline is Feb. 18.