Howard, 30, plans to exercise an opt-out in his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent, and uncertainty surrounding the commitment both sides are willing to make has pushed Houston general manager Daryl Morey toward seeking potential trades on the market, league sources said.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 18.
The Rockets are working with Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, on possible destinations, league executives told The Vertical.
Howard is believed to be seeking a maximum contract extension in July.
Houston is 27-28 start to the season, including a 116-113 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.