The Houston Rockets were heavily involved in the Dwight Howard trade talks prior to the multi-team trade between the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. Previous reports suggested that the Rockets had all three of their 2012 draft picks on the table (Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones), but according to Spors Illustrated's Sam Amick, Houston actually only had Lamb on the table, not all three.
In addition to being unwilling to include the rookies in the deal, the Rockets also tried to pawn off some lesser players, including Marcus Morris, Jon Brockman and Gary Forbes, according to Amick. They also expressed the desire to unload Kevin Martin and his large contract, which would have been necessary to make any deal work under the salary cap. Finally, they only offered two future draft picks, when previous reports indicated they offered three.
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