Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Rockets were unable to land Dwight Howard, and the reason for that may be that their offer was actually less than what was originally reported.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spent a significant amount of time trying to pry Dwight Howard away from the Orlando Magic, and most people close to the situation believed that the Magic would have been better off accepting Houston's offer. That offer, according to the Rockets, included two or three first-round picks and a one or two of their young assets. However, according to SI's Sam Amick, the Magic received different signals from Houston.
In addition to the draft picks, the Rockets say they had a pool containing Marcus Morris, Patrick Patterson and Donatas Motiejunas, as well as 2012 picks Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones available, and that one or two could have been included in the deal. However, according to sources close to the Magic, Lamb was the only one of this year's picks on the table, while Morris, John Brockman, and Gary Forbes were the other players the Rockets discussed.