The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching which means that teams are going to start making calls to see who they can make trades with. One of the teams who won’t be receiving any calls will be the Houston Rockets, as their antics earlier in the season seem to have scared off other front offices in the NBA.
According to Jared Zwerling, the Rockets may have burned all their trade bridges thanks to their antics over the past eight months. Front offices are apparently unwilling to deal with the Rockets either because they don’t like the public way that Houston negotiates or because they’re punishing the Rockets for bragging about signing Dwight Howard.
Regarding public dealings:
Another reason not in the Rockets’ favor could be that some GMs who don’t want to work in the public eye have been turned off by the team being open about Asik’s availability and the prospect of negotiations making it to the press.
And regarding the boasting about Dwight Howard over the summer:
One said, “Teams want Houston to sit there and suffer because they weren’t in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and because (there was some boasting) from the Rockets (within league circles) about how they were going to win now that they’ve got Dwight. So (teams are) like, ‘We’re not going to help you out. Let Houston sit there and lose in the first round or the second round.’
Houston doesn’t need to make trade but they’ve bee trying to find one all year long. Many have been wondering why they couldn’t pull off a trade with the Celtics or anyone else after that, and we may now know why.