HOUSTON (Sporting Alert) — Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets, according to USA TODAY Sports reports.
Howard met with several representatives from a number of NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played last year and the Dallas Mavericks, but has apparently decided to join the Rockets.
The Seven-time All-Star center, who also had meetings with the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks, was hoping to form a winning partnership with Kobe Bryant and veteran point guard Steve Nash at the Lakers, but that dream didn’t quite materialized.
The former Orlando Magic star claimed that the style of play Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni was wanting his team to play does not suit his game and he had to move on.
Howard, a member of the free agent group this summer, is yet to make any announcement about this reported Rockets move, but reports are saying that an official announcement to confirm his decision will be made shortly by either the player or his handlers.
Earlier on Friday, his agent Dan Fegan told Yahoo! Sports: “He hopes to finalize his decision [Friday night] or [Saturday] morning.”
The Mavericks were very strong in their pursuit of Howard, but was informed on Friday that the star center was no longer interested, Dallas owner Mark Cuban revealed.
“Got word we are out of the DH sweepstakes,” Cuban told ESPNDallas.com. “We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out.
“It was truly an experience. At some point I will post our video and presentation we made.”
Howard, who has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, said he really wants to go to a team that will be competing for the championship.