Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 2:35 pm  |  43 responses

Dwight Howard Reportedly Sending ‘Hopeful Signals’ to the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have begun the process of clearing cap space for Dwight Howard, presumably because they’re getting all sorts of good vibes from the famously indecisive big man. ESPN reports that Howard is seriously considering leaving the Lakers for H-Town through free agency: “Sources close to the process said that the Rockets have received what has been described as ‘hopeful signals’ that Howard is seriously considering a jump from the Lakers to the Rockets after becoming a free agent July 1. Although the Rockets are well aware that Howard has a penchant for changing his mind, sources say that Howard has conveyed his rising interest to Houston star swingman James Harden, a fellow West All-Star. Sources say Howard, furthermore, has already made it clear he’ll field in-person recruiting visits from the Rockets and Dallas Mavericks once free agency begins. It’s possible, sources said, that other teams will be added to the list. After the Rockets’ elimination from the playoffs in May, when asked if he’ll be an active participant in free-agent recruiting, Harden said: ‘Hell, yeah.’ When asked specifically about Howard, Harden cracked a smile and said: ‘Maybe. Possibly.’ [...] Several rival executives, meanwhile, said that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has likewise left the impression in recent days that Houston believes it has a legitimate shot at luring Howard away from the Lakers. [...] Although only the Lakers can offer Howard a five-year deal worth nearly $120 million — with leading external suitors Houston and Dallas limited to four-year offers worth just under $90 million — L.A.’s financial advantage in trying to retain to Howard is not as robust as it seems. Not only does the absence of state taxes in Texas narrow the gap, but the strong likelihood that Howard, at 27, would opt out of a new deal to return to free agency before the fifth year lessens the Lakers’ edge further.”

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  • ScrewT

    I read recently that Howard would actually make 8 million MORE by signing with the Rockets, because of the state tax.

  • spit hot fiyah

    or lack thereof

  • Mars

    San Antonio is the best team in Texas.

  • RayJr

    I think he’s going to Houston. Just hurry up and go already and good luck with the diva Rockets fans.

  • RayJr

    Not for long.

  • Conor

    The karma this guy will accumulate if he abandons the Lakers will be monumental.

  • underdog

    I bet you’ve said the same in 2007.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Olajuwon is gonna be a richer man if Dwight signs with Houston…

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Free agency….he can do what he wants……

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    do not think dantoni used howard affectively but howard has very little post moves to speak of and shaq said it best…his footwork is atrocious to be kind. that said i do not like people wasting others time in anything and howard did that. if he leaves LA it is his choice but i hope he realizes the consequences in doing so. he will be a hated man and make lebron look like an angel. 3 teams in 2 years! good luck d12!

  • Jimbo

    If Dwight was a girl, he would be a Kardashian

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    holy crap. if you want made up stories slam, i’ll be your sources.

  • Conor

    Are you Albert Einstein, reincarnated?

  • Redd

    Plus Morey is sells people rocks painted gold & they believe it when he says they’re gold nuggets.

    He’s going to Houston.

  • shockexchange

    They don’t call him “Rent-A-Center” for no reason.

  • RayJr

    They have 1 more great year in em.

  • Irishway’s

    either way he’s going to get tossed around towards the end of his career, much like Shaq, Ewing and the Dream. Dwights douchery is just allowing him a head start.

    Looking at what I just wrote Dwights name should’t be in the same sentence as those guys, please discard.

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  • Drig

    So, if Nash retires after next season and Dwight signs with Houston………LAL has a clean slate in ’14? LIKE TOTALLY CLEAN?

  • robb


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    F*ck yah! Make it happen, Morey!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    1. Lin
    2. Harden
    3. Parsons
    4. Millsap (or Josh Smith depending on who they get in free agency)
    5. Howard
    Off the bench: Beverley, Asik, Garcia, Delfino, and T. Jones.

    F*CK YEAH.

  • roscoe

    okc is interested in dh12

  • pposse

    looks like a team full of #mentalmidgets i expect them to lose


    Haha, amazing.


    Dwight is such a joke. Could have been a GREAT big, not even going to be top 20 due to his immature attitude.

  • Mantas

    I dont think they need millsap or smith, because they have D-MO !!!!!!

  • danpowers

    shaq, ewing and the dream just got tossed around because they didnt retire when their time was over. i dont expect howard to play beyond his time.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Oh word??

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    yeah sorry I forgot Motiejunas, he’ll be good next year.

  • roscoe

    Dh12 & royce W are a dynamic front court.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    you have on point stock

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    cmon now. lin was the star of the knicks, of course he doesnt use his players affectively

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    shaq created his own path.

    ewing & dream got thrown around like trash :(

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    how so?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    lets hope he does

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    beverley is gonna get his legs broken next season.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he actually did. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    dwights headed to knotts berry farm.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Yes, how did you know?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    “Dwight Howard has hired Olajuwon as his full-time personal coach …” I can see the headlines now .

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Millsap would be perfect. He can hit the jumper too… And rebound.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    haha true