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Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  19 responses

Houston Rockets Confident After Meeting With Dwight Howard


Despite getting beaten to the punch, the Houston Rockets emerged from their Sunday night dinner meeting with free agent center Dwight Howard feeling good about their chances to land the superstar. The Rockets had their legends take part in the meeting (in person and online), and tried to convince Howard that Houston offers him the best shot at competing for NBA championships. Per the Houston Chronicle: “The Rockets did not get an answer from Dwight Howard and none was expected. They did, however, get just the questions that they hoped to receive. After more than 2 ½ hours meeting with Howard and his representatives at the Bel-Air Hotel, the Rockets were encouraged by many things, but mostly that Howard’s interest seemed to be about the potential to win championships with the Rockets. According to a person with knowledge of the conversations, ‘about 90 percent’ of Howard’s questions were about the team, its potential and how he would fit. The Rockets have hoped that Howard would base his free agency decision on which team would give him the best chance to win championships, a criteria they believe would make them ‘the obvious choice,’ according to a person familiar with the presentation. […] Much of the conversation on Sunday was about how Howard would fit with the current Rockets, with the Rockets citing how he generally plays best with attacking guards, making him a good fit with Jeremy Lin, the advantage of having another quality center on the roster in Omer Asik and the continued growth of forward Chandler Parsons. ‘It went well,’ said Parsons, who is friends with Howard since their days in Orlando. ‘He wants to win and we’re a great fit.’ […] Parsons and James Harden attended the meeting with Kevin McHale handling many of the questions about the team’s potential and how Howard would be used in a retooled offense. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discussed not only the plans going forward, but was also asked about how the Rockets were built to position themselves to be able to offer a second max contract. Howard is scheduled to meet with the Hawks and Warriors today and with the Mavericks and Lakers on Tuesday. According to a person familiar with the Rockets meeting, the delegation left feeling that it went well, but that Howard wanted to take his time to consider the options, unlike the rushed, trade deadline decision to remain under contract, rather than to become a free agent last summer.”

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  • Jay Cutler

    It’s interesting how ‘experts’ are saying the Lakers and their fans really don’t care either way if he resigns or not but that they’re just putting on a show and dotting their i’s for PR. In other words, heads Kuptchak wins. Tails, Kuptchak wins. Yeah.. ok.

    LeBron, at this point in his career, is almost assuredly not walking through that door to play Kobe’s Pippen/heir.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “According to a person with knowledge of the conversations” these just get better everyday

  • RayJr

    Isn’t Houston now shopping Asik and Lin?

  • Junior Taylor

    I am having a hard time believing this story when the first name that comes up when discussing “attacking guards” is Jeremy Lin. Um…James Harden, anyone?

  • Caboose

    Dwight is a BIG upgrade over Asik. Don’t be silly.

  • RayJr

    He’s an upgrade but the two of them together makes that team so much better. Asik averaged 10 and almost 12 last year. With all the shots Harden and Parsons take Dwight will average 16-18 points at best. Not that big of an improvement but he hasn’t even signed yet so we’ll see.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The Rockets are a small ball team. They don’t have room for two top 5 defensive centers with no scoring versatility

  • RayJr

    I agree but the article is saying that they are trying to also sell to Dwight that Lin and Asik will be with the Rockets when they are really on the trade block. Asik has more of an offensive skill set than Dwight. Both are terrible FT shooters though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh my bad, i misunderstood what you Were referring too. But, Asik has nothing close to Dwight’s offensive skills. What are you talking about? Have you ever seen the guy play? Why do people think Dwight is some awful offensive player? He is just not aggressive enough, other than that he is one of the best post scorers and pick & roll players in the league. He just, like Asik, can’t shoot to save his life

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    If I have a chance to snag Howard I’m dumping Asik. I’m very high on Asik but his offensive game is limited. Howard’s post game may not be as polished as we all think it should be but one can’t deny it’s leaps and bounds better than Asik’s.

  • RayJr

    I believe Asik is craftier around the basket. Dwight is still so raw and really only has that running hook shot and offensive put backs or alley oops. I didn’t say Dwight was awful. Him and Asik are no Olajuwans here. We both agree they are both limited offensive players.

  • Shooting Guard

    Confident?

    that should never be used in the nba

  • RayJr

    Any team would. I like Asik as well but yeah Dwight’s athleticism gives him the nod.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    It’d be nice if they could keep them both. Something similar to when Howard was in Orlando and Gortat was coming off the bench.

  • RayJr

    Definitely. If they can keep Asik and sign Dwight they have to be the favorites in the West alongside OKC.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I’m not so sure about. I’d have to see the dynamics of the team as a whole first. However, I do agree that they’d be a top 3 team in the West.

  • Drig

    Dwight is turnover prone. He cannot go up without bringing the ball back to his knees again after grabbing a rebound. He turns the ball over a lot. He doesn’t have great vision or a feel for passing the ball. He has limited movement and moves in the post.
    His FT shooting sucks.

    …………..Yet he’s still better than Asik.

  • Calvino

    I’m not sure the two can work side by side. For sure, the interior defense and rebounding would be awesome. But they would clog up the lane on offense, and Harden needs room to drive to the basket. The strongest part of his offense is his ability to get to the rim and draw fouls.. he led the league in trips to the line last season.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m guessing they mentioned Lin because Harden was already there at the meeting, and they were trying to sell some of their other guys.

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