With Yao's continued toe problems, I doubt the Rockets really want to enter the season with Hayes starting at Center. Good hustler, excellent rebounder, but not someone to strike fear in starting NBA centers on either end of the floor.
I am not saying I would make these trades, but they fit both teams needs, comply with trade restrictions, and are OK under the salary cap rules.
Miami needs pg help and has excess centers/PFs so
Luther Head for Wayne Simien--This is a tough trade, but one that might get done. Favors Miami slightly, but fits position needs for both teams.
V Span and Ryan Bowen for Michael Doleac--a backup center who won't need PF minutes and could play major minutes as a stop-gap measure when Yao can't go for a wasted salary at SF and great potential at guard. Interesting, but if no better chances come along.
Denver also has guard needs and way too much $$ in PF/Cs.
Juwan Howard, Luther Head, Ryan Bowen, and Bob Sura for Kenyon Martin--definitely not a trade I would make because I am not a KMart fan or a fan of huge long-term contracts for guys with attitude/effort problems, but it fits both teams and takes away no minutes the Rockets don't have the people to fill. If KMart had the energy of Hayes, this would be a real steal..IF......
Juwan Howard, Luther Head, and Ryan Bowen for Marcus Camby--Now, here is a trade made for the Rockets, but Denver would likely counter with the KMart trade or something like it.
I know some of you will want to trade for Nene or include some of the guys the Rockets just acquired, but TRs won't allow it until mid-December.