As a potential trade with the Brooklyn Nets fell through when the team decided to give a max contract to center Brook Lopez, the Orlando Magic are still trying to find a suitor to unload All-Star center Dwight Howard. One team who has had rumored interest is the Houston Rockets, and it appears the team is trying to clear out cap space to make a run at the center.
Talks on Wednesday grew "serious," and at one point seemed close to an agreement, according to a person familiar with the process, but the Magic backed off to consider their options.
Rockets are open to the three-team deal in which they would receive Lakers center Andrew Bynum with Howard going to the Los Angeles Lakers, but are primarily working directly with the Magic to acquire Howard, the individual with knowledge of the talks said.
According to Feigen, the Rockets are considering clearing cap room by making veteran Luis Scola an amnesty cut within the next 48 hours. Scola is currently due $21 million over the next three seasons.
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