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New Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin also chimed in about the trade on Twitter.

“Really sad to see Kmart and JLamb go,” Lin wrote. “…both class acts and great teammates. Welcome Harden, Cook, Aldrich and Hayward to Houston!!”

Houston collected draft picks while it was making a flurry of deals, part of a package to offer Orlando for Howard. The Rockets traded point guard Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a lottery-protected first-round pick, one of Oklahoma City’s acquisitions on Saturday night.

The other first-round pick was acquired by Houston when it traded Jordan Hill to the Los Angeles Lakers last March. The second-round pick came to the Rockets in a deal that sent guard Courtney Lee to Boston.


AP Sports Writer Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this report.