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"After two years of careful planning and preparation to make themselves irresistible to Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent center and will make a formal presentation to him on Sunday night in Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo! Sports."
From Yahoo! Sports: The Rockets, Hawks, Mavericks, Warriors and, of course, the Lakers will meet with Dwight Howard after the NBA's free-agent market opens.
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Lol funny thing, Dwight himself just stated today that he has no "front runners" and that he is going into FA with an open mind.
In a typical year, anything you read heading into NBA free agency is just hot air by the various media outlets. This year with Dwight Howard being the focal point, the air being blown is white hot. At this point, the only notable nuggets are who's representing each of the 4 teams meeting with Howard and when those meeting are taking place (starting with the Rockets tonight).
Houston is sending a full house to meet with Howard starting with ownership down to old players like Drexler and Olajuwon.
Something else noteworthy that was reported on Friday is that Houston has hired Orlando's strength and conditioning coach, whom Howard has a long standing relationship with from his days playing for the Magic.
Howard will go back to the Lakers. Just do not see him leaving 30 million on the table. The guys is one of the biggest flakes in the league. We shall see...
I would tend to agree with you. It's not as good of a situation from a roster standpoint than Houston, but it's the most money, it's LA, and it's the Lakers. Does Howard want to win enough to forgo all of that for what is probably a better situation but giving up $'s and settling for a city like Houston over LA? Guess we'll see, but we know that Dwight loves entertaining and drama which would place LA as a frontrunner.
Now hearing rumblings that the Rockets are already trying to Move Asik and Lin. Lin being moved is important as he's simply not very good nor needed with Beverly and another pg in the mix. Jose Calderon's name has been thrown around.
Losing Asik hurts, as I always thought the plan was to have both he and Dwight but I get they play the same position and Asik should yield something solid in return.
This post was edited by Texas 35th 10 months ago
Yes, $30M is a lot of money but California has a state income tax. Texas doesn't. In the long run, Dwight will make more money in Texas than in Cali. Also, the standard of living is lower in Texas than Cali.
Just saw on Twitter that a GM said he was offered Jeremy Lin in trade. Beverley was pretty good in his time in Houston. If the Rockets keep Asik, he could be the backup center for Howard and when he comes into the game, the defense won't drop off. Offense will but Asik really improved last season. I just don't like Howard's inability to hit a free throw.
L.A is dysfunctional at this point. Howard doesn't fit into D'Antonio's scheme. Kobe is coming off a potentially career ending injury. California now has a 10.3% income tax that probably will be raised again. I just don't see him going back to the Lakers. It looks like it Dallas or Houston. I not certain who is the winner long term. The team that signs him or the team that doesn't.
Houston needs to keep Asik.
He is only going to get better and if Houston can make the finals, the paint filled with Howard or Asik is going to give the Heat fits.
Good post. I don't see why he would choose Dallas over Houston, but we'll see who the winner ends up being long term....
On top of the income tax point already mentioned, the extra money is for an extra (*fifth) year. If Howard could get 4 years from Houston with the fourth year being a player option, he could actually get more money quicker with three good seasons and on to another max contract.
Atlanta is talking S&T of Josh Smith for Asik.
If everything happens, you have a lineup of
With Beverly, Cannan, plethora of 4's, and a couple of veteran min guys like Delfino and Garcia.
This post was edited by NLeininger 9 months ago
That's actually a big advantage for the Rockets. Howard would opt out after 3 years and go back into FA a year earlier with the Rockets.
Much of the extra money is for the 5th year, but not all of it. There are two sides to the shorter contract scenario. If Howard blows out his back, he won't get another max contract. He probably knows enough about his physical condition to realize whether he wants to take that risk.
I see he's asking the Rockets about landing a third big star for the team.
This post was edited by bierce 9 months ago
Yeah, that sounds ok ;).
I'm hearing good things about Cannan. His film looks pretty solid for where he went in the draft.
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