Jan 29, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) makes a free throw against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Howard finishes 9 or 11 from the line. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 117-115. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: NBA GMs not trading with Houston Rockets because they’re too public

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.


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  • Marty Susman

    Houston will never win with D12. They would be better off trading him for the first draft pick.

    • BIG WoRm


    • LuvMyUsa1

      They have a winning record with Dwight right now soooo , it kinda sounds like you’re just a hater !

      • Marty Susman

        No No, I am not a hater, heck Houston has one of the best players in the NBA in the “bearded wonder”…No I put D12 in the same place as I put Melo, both have skill’s BUT both are not winners, both cry, both always want the ball & both have left teams to supposedly get more money or a ring but with them on the team, forget it Houston……You guys would be better off trading D12 to whomever has the #1 draft pick in the NBA…

        • Chrmngblly

          Yes. So I am not the only one that thinks Howard has a vagina? I am so glad Dwight left LA. I curse our owner, Jim Buss, for bungling the job and letting him walk for free. That is all. I doubt Howard will ever win a ring if he is the “big tamale” anywhere. He’s not a team guy and he lacks the heart of a champion, like Kobe.

  • LuvMyUsa1

    LOL this story is pure speculation ! You don’t know what was offered in potential deals , neither do you know if the deals made sense ! BTW the playoffs are all about matchup’s ! It depends on who you play and if you matchup well with them ! If the Rockets played the Spur’s in a playoff series they would feel good about their chances because they have beaten the Spur’s every game they’ve played this year ! I hate speculation articles because they are basically just someones opinion who could be biased !

  • b.one.z

    I hope Detroit isn’t one of those teams giving Houston the cold shoulder. The Rockets might be one of the few teams willing to take on Josh Smith. haha!

    • 99 Rockets

      That is very true, I would pick him up, Jay Smooth even tho he is like Melo and Howard we could get to the Conference Finals!!

      • b.one.z

        Smith to Houston actually makes sense. He would be a better compliment for Dwight Howard than he is for Detroit’s big guys because he would return to PF instead of being forced to play out of position. All they have to do is find a 3rd team that would take Asik and send a 3-point shooter to the Pistons.

        • 99 Rockets

          It would be nice but I don’t think there will be a third team.

          • b.one.z

            There has to be a third team. The Pistons can’t take Asik. His salary next season will be too high, and Greg Monroe is up for a renewal this summer.

            I can see teams like the Pelicans, Celtics, or Sixers getting involved since they have all expressed interest in Asik while also shopping players who could benefit the Pistons.

          • Chrmngblly


  • Lin-biotic

    Hi Josh, I like this article and thank you for bringing that up. You have an interesting topic that catches media and fan’s attention. Rockets should start playing it low and let the actual performance do the talking. Rocket’s are being caught by the hoopla. Too much hype and boasting for something they didn’t deserve yet

    Rockets may just focus on reorganizing matters and focus on their players development instead. They don’t need a Kardashian act to be noticed