In addition to the interesting posturing displayed by the team's official Twitter account, the franchise has also reportedly asked Hakeem Olajuwon to recruit Howard to Houston and convince him to sign a long-term contract in the process.
Step 1 would be Houston acquiring Dwight Howard. Then it would be Hakeem Olajuwon's turn.
"I'm Step 2," the Hall of Fame center said Friday.
In a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida from Amman, Jordan, where he lives half the year, Olajuwon said the request came from up high in the Rockets organization. He said it was relayed last week from Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones to his personal assistant in Texas, who contacted Olajuwon in Jordan.
Olajuwon added that his communications with Howard would commence if and when a deal was finalized to bring the Orlando Magic center to the Bayou City. He would not be making a sales pitch to help the trade go through, but instead speak with Howard to discuss the benefits of committing a substantial period of his career to the Rockets, and not just one season.
While Howard has not been very receptive to joining the Rockets, he does have an existing relationship with Olajuwon, one which could be the key to convincing him to stick around long-term.
First, though, Daryl Morey needs to actually bring Howard to Houston, and that's proving to be a challenge.
For more on the Rockets, head over to The Dreamshake.