Evans Clinchy
Friday March 9th, 2012

Dwight Howard has made it clear all along that if he leaves Orlando, there are three teams he'd like to play for -- the New Jersey Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.

But there are other teams out there interested in trading for the superstar big man anyway, even if he won't sign an extension past this season. The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are open to making "rental" moves for Howard, according to Ken Berger of CBS.

The Rockets have been trying to get an All-Star caliber big man for years, most notably attempting to get Pau Gasol in the three-way Chris Paul blockbuster that was shot down back in December. They remain in pursuit of the Lakers' big man, but they're also interested in Howard if the Magic are willing to swing a deal.

The Warriors are a strange match for Howard -- unlike the 21-19 Rockets, they're most likely well out of playoff contention at 15-21, still in long-term rebuilding mode. Their interest in Howard indicates they want more than just a six-week rental, and perhaps they have a plan in the works to convice Superman to stay in the Bay Area long-term. The Magic, who sit third in the Eastern Conference right now at 25-15, have to make a decision soon -- the trade deadline is now only a week away.

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