Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, if they go ahead with their widely reported plans to release starting power forward Luis Scola via the NBA’s amnesty clause, are prepared to absorb the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon — in addition to sending Orlando multiple future first-round picks and recent draftees — to give the Magic an opportunity to wipe their payroll virtually clean for their post-Howard rebuilding effort.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is feverishly trying to construct a trade that will allow the Rockets to take back, in addition to Howard, some combination of Richardson, Davis, Duhon and Hedo Turkoglu. With Scola’s three remaining seasons valued at roughly $21 million off the books, the Rockets believe they can create the requisite cap space to do so.
Morey is willing to gut his entire roster for Dwight Howard. He’s essentially willing to swap the Rockets roster for Orlando’s roster.
All this for a guy who won’t commit to staying in Houston long-term.
Morey is reportedly dreaming of pairing Chris Paul (FA in 2013) with Howard.
Good luck. Just ask the Knicks, Nets and Mavs what happens when you gut your roster in pursuit of dream teams.