Posted July 05, 2013

Dwight Howard chooses Houston Rockets

2013 NBA free agency, Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Howard, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard will reportedly leave Los Angeles Lakers for Houston Rockets.

Dwight Howard will reportedly leave Los Angeles for Houston. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

The Rockets are the winners of the Dwight Howard derby.

Howard, 27, has selected Houston over the Lakers, Warriors and other destinations.

“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets,” Howard tweeted. “I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”

News of the deal was first reported by USA Today Sports and confirmed by NBA.com and CBSSports.com.

MORE COVERAGE: Winners/Losers | Are Rockets title favorites?

Howard met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Friday night to deliver the news. “We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers,” Kupchak said in a prepared statement. “Naturally we’re disappointed.”

Howard, a nine-year pro, spent the 2012-13 season with the Lakers after being acquired from Orlando. Despite myriad injuries, Howard averaged 17.1 points, a league-leading 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks and shot 57.8 percent from the field. The Lakers finished the season 45-37, falling to the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Howard, a seven-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, spent the first week of free agency meeting with five teams: the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks, Hawks and Warriors.

During their meeting, the Lakers reportedly emphasized that they could teach him how to win championships. “You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here,” Kobe Bryant told Howard during the Lakers’ presentation, Yahoo! Sports reported. The pitch was a “complete turnoff” to Howard, according to ESPN.

The Rockets’ pitch, which came shortly after free agency opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, was star-studded. Former Houston greats Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Yao Ming all spoke to Howard during the meeting, attempting to sell him on the history and championship potential of the Rockets. Howard reportedly asked about the Rockets’ ability to add a third superstar to go with him and James Harden, and Houston was reportedly exploring ways to add both Howard and free-agent forward Josh Smith.

Houston went 45-37 last season and lost to the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. SI.com’s Rob Mahoney noted earlier this week that the Rockets were the best basketball fit among the five teams pursuing Howard.

115 comments
richdude
richdude

Lakers did it to themselves by not hiring Phil Jackson thanks to Jim Buss. D'Antonio is a nice guy but not the coach the Lakers need to get them to the finals. I have been a Laker fan since 1982 and will remain a Laker fan but it is a sad time in Laker Land currently and again thanks to Jim Buss. 


Steven Edwards
Steven Edwards

Any chance LA can get the Rockets current center, he put up very good stats this year..?

Steven Edwards
Steven Edwards

I am suprised Dwight did not stay in Los Angeles...with Lebrons arrival one year off...

Azeron
Azeron

Sour grapes, Lakers fans.  Awwww...  Only the Lakers can let a guy walk, receiving nothing back in return and make it out to be a positive.

glennr1981
glennr1981

Wow! So now Dwight is 50/50 on Rockets because he can make 30m more with Lakers! This guy is his own worst enemy. No one goes to Lakers for the money, you go there cause of the history and the chance to add to the dynasty, money is always second with teams like the Lakers & Celtics. Lakers should take the offer off the table and improve their roster by adding guys like Milsap, Pekovic, Eliis, Jennings or even Bynum.

StevenProfit
StevenProfit

Wait!! now he says he's 50%-50% on going back to the Lakers.Sorry this guy peaked at 23 years old.He will never win a championship.Diva Dwight doesn't have the Heart,and mental toughness to be a Leader,let alone a teammate.

kenc29
kenc29

Howard is such a clown. The loser is the winner if you know what I mean.

MARK7
MARK7

I am not saying that Dwight Howard was the worst free throw shooter ever in the NBA, but when his Mexican Wife gave birth to his child, they automatically named him---- RETARDO

6marK6
6marK6

This diva is loving this attention. He is mad that the Rockets got leaked, so now he is building the drama back up. Going to H-Town, but does not want that camera going away anytime soon.

MARK7
MARK7

What are the 3 Things that the Lakers Could not give Dwight Howard?

1. A Fat Lip

2. A Black Eye

3. A Job

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

So he asked for Josh Smith, which Houston hasn't signed yet, and has made up his mind and picked Houston, but hasn't made a final decision, does that mean Houston is about to sign Josh Smith? Or that he's putting pressure on another team to do more? 

Golden State was said to be his first option, and not that they have Iggy? Could there be a chance his mind is changed by tomorrow morning (which I'm expecting)?

spiderminion
spiderminion

Get a legitimate 4 and we have ourselves a new title contender.

MARK7
MARK7

A guy who is useless 10 feet from the basket and cannot make 40% from the free throw line.. and people are fighting over him? The NBA is one Terrorist attack from being insolvent...Put those idiots at the Boston Marathon finish line, behind the Houston Rockets bench... and you have a dead team and a dead league..  The NBA.. Niggin's Being Arrested  league is only going to be around for a couple years anyway

kyyled5
kyyled5

@richdude I hate to be this guy, but it's 'D'Antoni'.

I am a casual NBA fan and I know this.

Calling him 'D'Antonio' is the NBA equivalent of mixing up "there", "their", and "they're"

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@Steven Edwards  again the lakers are at a huge disadvantge, why, because the lakers will be 18 million short what the heat can offer if he keeps his residence in florida

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@glennr1981   It's not the historical Lakers.  It's a franchise whose leader just died, has a bad coach, a messy front office, and an aging star who is still good, but will take 30 shots a game.

 


barjona
barjona

@StevenProfit Pretty sure that's the same thing people said about LeBron after "the decision", it was crap then and it's crap now. He may be an idiot but he's one of the best players in the NBA and with a good team around him he's got a shot at a title. Win one and all will be forgotten. 

MARK7
MARK7

@kenc29 

Ken, I do know what you mean.. I just do not get it.. 

Look at the youth.. Angels wait forever to bring up a young man, ever heard of him?.. Some fish guy named Trout.. turns out he is GREAT.. So in turn, they sign an addict, over the hill, loser named Hamilton and give him a billion dollars..

Now, the Dodgers, bring up a youth in the name of PIG (Puig) part man, part beast...  turns out to be GREAT.. yet they have committed a Billion dollars to old men, like Kemp (Hemp- Because you would need to be high to sign that bust) and Eithier, and the worst.. Becket. 

Sports teams are reaping rewards for signing youth for nothing, they know that, yet they turn around and sign these old haggard losers who are way past their prime, like Dwight Howard.. to Billions of dollars..  

The MLB and NBA are run by uneducated Black men, hence the stupidity.. who give nothing back to charity.. The NFL, same boat, but all the old retired black guys are now suing the NFL so that entire league will fold one day when the judge rules in favor of them..

The PGA is run by old School Money, white Guys who have given back $4 billion dollars to charity to date.. 

Can you do the math, and see the disparity? Or is that Racist?

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@6marK6  no it wasn't that it was bozo the clown chris broussard once again jumping the gun, and instead of getting it right wanted to get a story first, but what do you expect from the clowns at espn

spiderminion
spiderminion

@JasonLeBel Josh Smith is a bad fit IMO. They have to do a LOT of adjustments from what they were doing last year for Josh Smith to work. 

There are rumors that they're trading Asik for Ryan Anderson. I think he's a better fit. Orlando 2.0

MARK7
MARK7

@mrlecorbeau 

Typical response from a guy with a French name..  Bro, just go back to France and wait for the United States Military to bail you out.... AGAIN

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@MARK7  

Racist baloney.  You should learn to represent yourself better.  Unless you are no better than that sort of remark.

Lakerfansince1979
Lakerfansince1979

More like 35-40 shots per game while his teammates stand still to watch the Kobe show. Great entertainment as in a Las Vegas show. But early exit in the playoffs. This script has been the same for the last 3 seasons. Come Kobe be a class act, play out your contract and retire so the Franchise can rebuild and continue their legacy.

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@barjona @StevenProfit  

Dwight is a liability if he cant hit at least 70% of his free throws. And he cant right now.

It doesn't pay to have him in the game in crunch time, because he cant score at the line.  If he could, he would truly be a superstar.

robert O
robert O

You're an a**hole. Nuff said.

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@MARK7@kenc29 

"The MLB and NBA are run by uneducated Black men, hence the stupidity." MARK7

Yes, that is pure racist crap.  False, and racist.

MARK7
MARK7

@spiderminion @MARK7 

Yah, I need to hide behind my jokes from a guy like Minion.. Bring it on, email me at markm@lawyer.com   I have the authority to trace your IP find out who you are, and even get your social security number to my friends in the Russian Mob.. feel free to email me right now

\Mark Mandel

markm@lawyer.com


JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@spiderminion @JasonLeBel Not saying Smith is a good fit or not, just that Howard had asked if Houston could get Smith.

Howard now has said that he's going to Houston, but yet still hasn't made up his mind ("
However, Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, told Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix that Howard has not made a final decision." ... Go figure).

So this makes me wonder. Has Houston said that they are going after Smith and Howard is waiting for that (or maybe Anderson might do)? Or, is he still playing his games and hoping another team does something (Warriors) for him to sign elsewhere?

MARK7
MARK7

@mrlecorbeau 

The only Factory in France that produced LARGE WHITE FLAGS burned to the ground today, thereby completely paralyzing the entire French Military.. News at 11

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@MARK7 @mrlecorbeau 

Our great country would not exist without the intervention by the French in the revolutionary war. We paid them back in ww2 of course. And they were right about Iraq.  I'd say were even.  But go ahead and be ignorant if you want.

MARK7
MARK7

@Ace_Buzby @MARK7 

Racist? That has nothing to do with it.. Learn the facts, Blacks make up 23% of the Population, yet make up for 57% of all crimes committed in the United States. Illegal Immigrants and Mexican account for 29%  that leaves 13% of us suffering for these peoples unlawfulness.. How is that racist?

I quote Abraham Lincoln..."Had I known what a travesty of bringing the black man to this land would have behold us, we would have picked our own cotton"

kcbland
kcbland

oh yes we sure do not want our underpaid poverty stricken

athletes paying their share of taxes do we.

barjona
barjona

He's a dominant force for 46 minutes and an offensive liability for 2. Not a bad trade. 

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@barjona @Ace_Buzby @StevenProfit 

Good point.  They made it work with Shaq.  Maybe he was too big to just hack; he scored despite the foul.  But still, it's a good point, although Shaq was a lot better than Dwight overall. But as bad at free throws.

barjona
barjona

@Ace_Buzby @barjona @StevenProfit yeah, because that really killed Shaq's career. He'd clearly be better if he could shoot freethrows but you know what you're getting with him - 20/13 with 58% shooting and 50% from the line with some of the best defense in the game. I'd take it. 

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@spiderminion @MARK7  

Right. He is a lawyer who knows people in the Russian mob, and he is making racist comments on sports websites. The lawyer business must be slow right now.

spiderminion
spiderminion

@JasonLeBel @spiderminion Yeah, I was just giving my opinion regarding the Josh Smith issue since that's been going around as well.

Every NBA news website seemingly has Howard pegged for the Rockets  as well.

Here's hoping Howard doesn't flake out. The Beard needs a sidekick!

The Warriors (+Howard) currently look like they have a better chance of winning the championship compared to the Rockets+ Howard. 

MARK7
MARK7

@Ace_Buzby @MARK7 @mrlecorbeau 

Hey Ace, Aaron Hernandez just called me, he said he wants his gun back.. do you know what that means..? I mean, he is innocent right.. how dare these awful people call him a murderer.. poor violent loser Mexicant right.. they should give him a gold medal because he is an athlete, correct .. according to your logic?

MARK7
MARK7

@Ace_Buzby @MARK7 @mrlecorbeau 

Hey Ace, this just in... It turns out the United States has been Spying on France due to documents released by Snowden..

Because of that, France raised it's Buzby Terror Alert Level from RUN to HIDE

MARK7
MARK7

@Ace_Buzby @MARK7 @mrlecorbeau 

Ignorant? Bro my Grandfather was one of the first paratrooper in on D-Day, and my other Grandfather escaped a Nazi Ghetto as a Jew.. Calling me ignorant is like calling your mother, mother.. when you should be calling your older sister mother you moron

Robert18
Robert18

@MARK7 @Ace_Buzby Marks a worthless troll sadly.... but u find one in every comments section i guess part of why everybody hates us Americans besides some of the Americans...

Anyway speaking of Dwight i think he is a REALLy good player but not the great player this pursuit of him has made him out to be...

MARK7
MARK7

@Ace_Buzby @MARK7 

Oh, I see, it is one giant "Conspiracy"

You and Mel Gibson make one solid team Buzz.. Smoke some more of that weed.

Hey Ace, why do Black Guys like to shower with 10 year old boys? Because if they slick their hair back, it makes them look like they are 5

Ace_Buzby
Ace_Buzby

@MARK7

Your first "fact" is way off.   

And I guess you dont know, even though you are a lawyer, that black people get put in jail for weed, while white people are let go without being charged.  That is one of the main reasons they are a large part of the prison population.

Your comments are racist, plain and simple.  And you claim to have a jewish grandpa.  He is ashamed of you right now.  You act more like one of his oppressors than his grandson.