Houston Rockets couldn't trade Dwight Howard because his price was too steep

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Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard was one of the several big names that could have moved teams on trade deadline day, but like many others, he stayed put at the end of the day.

The 30-year-old was linked with moves away to several teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and the Milwaukee Bucks. 

However, according to ESPN, no move materialised because the Rockets' asking price for the center was too high.

The report states that the Houston-based franchised wanted a future first round pick, and, at least, one frontline player in exchange for Howard, and they weren't prepared to trade unless they received this.

Many teams though didn't want to invest this much in a trade for the 30-year-old because he becomes a free agent later this year on July 1.

Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, said according to ESPN: "Many teams called expressing great interest in trading for Dwight. The obvious stumbling block to a trade was how could a team justify giving up important assets for a player who was about to become a free agent in a few short months?

"Not surprisingly, as the deadline approached, several teams called stating they had worked out the trade parameters with Houston for a Dwight deal but were not prepared to give up their assets unless Dwight agreed to opt into the last year of his contract and forego free agency. Dwight declined."

Howard has said himself that he will now continue to work hard with the Rockets to help get them into the playoffs and stated once again that he never made any trade demands.

"It doesn't matter. I know who I am," Howard said. "I know what I have done in my career; no need to focus on anything negative. I have a great life, blessed beyond measure. Doesn't matter. People can talk as much as they want, but I know how hard I've worked to get to where I am today, and I'm grateful for that."

For the time being, Howard will stay with the Rockets, but he'll definitely be with a different team come the start of next season, as he has said he will bypass year four of his four-year, $88 million contract with the team, to take on the free agency.

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