Houston’s Toyota Center will be Dwight Howard’s new phone booth.
For nearly two years, Dwight Howard has been the most coveted free agent in sports. After eliminating the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers from contention, Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets, according to USA Today.
An anonymous source close to the Dwight Howard camp has confirmed the All-Star center and former Defensive Player of the Year will sign with the Houston Rockets. Howard did notify the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers they were no longer under consideration. Dwight Howard’s agent denies a deal has been finalized.
The Golden State Warriors agreed to a 4-year $48 million deal with Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala. In order to clear room for Howard. The Warriors were prepared to deal center Andrew Bogut and possibly shooting guard Klay Thompson.
The addition of Howard continues a tradition of great big men in the Rockets organization — Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo. He joins a great scorer in James Harden and another budding gem in Chandler Parsons.
Harden and Howard instantly become the NBA’s best inside/outside combination since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal of more than a decade ago. The Rockets are in the hunt for a third All-Star caliber player — possibly power forward Josh Smith. Rockets center Omer Asik has expressed his desire not to play second fiddle to Howard and will most likely be dealt.
As for the Lakers, they have expressed their intentions to maintain their financial flexibility for next year’s free agent class. A sign and trade with Howard remains an option.