Dwight Howard had a scheduled dinner and meeting with the Rockets tonight, who decided to bring an entire crew of about 10 people to the meeting. Included was GM Daryl Morey, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Head Coach Kevin McHale, HOF Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, among others.

However, prior to their arrival, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak unexpectedly met with Dwight briefly in person, starting the #MitchNinja trend on Twitter.  Although the Lakers are scheduled to meet with Dwight last, Mitch made sure the Lakers got in the first word as well.  Although the media has painted Dwight re-signing with the Lakers as a long shot, sources within the organization say there is still optimism he returns. Sources also say there are a few “surprises” planned for their meeting.

Rockets Chandler Parsons told Y! Sports that the meeting was very promising, went well and focus of conversation was on winning. Adrian Wojnaroski from Y! Sports said the Rockets had Yao Ming Skype Dwight about benefits playing in Houston. Rockets are very confident in landing Dwight and they are already contacting role players to fill the roster around Dwight, Harden and Parsons as their core. The Rockets also traded away F Thomas Robinson, waived Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks, and have already discussed the possibility of trading Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.

GM Daryl Morey tweeted (@dmorey) – Was great meeting with @DwightHoward . Hakeem & Clyde there made it obvious how @DwightHoward & @JHarden13 could be the next gr8 big/wing combo.

Dwight is set to meet with the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors on Monday, and Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Lakers are scheduled with Dwight Tuesday after the Mavericks where Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are expected to assist with their pitch.