It's not just Dwight Howard the Rockets are after, even though he's clearly the No. 1 target of all the draft moves being made leading up to Thursday. Reports say Houston is willing to explore other options if the Orlando Magic don't budge in trade offers for Howard.
Other players the Rockets are considering pursuing are Josh Smith of the Hawks and Tyreke Evans in Sacramento. A deal for Evans would include Kyle Lowry, just as about any deal likely would, and it's up to the Kings whether or not they want to make the move.
Trade story add: Dwight obviously Rockets' dream target but sources say they'll pursue Atlanta's Josh Smith (and others) if ORL won't budge— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2012
Sources say Houston has an offer of Lowry, the #14 and #16 picks for TyrekeEvans and the #5 pick on the table. Up to Sacramento to decide.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2012
The reports on acquiring Evans were refuted by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.
Source involved in Houston-Kings talks says the Rockets have not offered the No. 14, No. 16 pick and Kyle Lowry for Tyreke Evans and No. 5.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 26, 2012
What's clear is that the Rockets are being aggressive this week.