Dwight Howard has finally made his big decision and it’s bad news to four out of the five teams who were trying to get him to wear their jersey. He told Dallas that they were out of the running first, and shortly thereafter news surfaced that he had chosen to sign with Houston.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to many unless you’ve been living on the moon, and even there you’ve probably heard about all of the Dwight drama. It was basically a done deal that Dwight wanted to go to Houston to play along side the likes of Jeremy Lin and James Harden; a young core of players where Dwight wouldn’t feel the immense pressure to succeed like he would in Staples Center. The lights of Hollywood were just too big for the NBA’s best center, and so he decided to go to a place where everything wouldn’t be on his shoulders.
All this news according to Sam Amick of USA Today:
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 5, 2013
Now, Howard can’t officially sign the deal until July 10, when the NBA lifts the moratorium, but it’s a done deal that Howard has made up his mind and he wants to take his talents to Texas. What does this mean for the Lakers? Well currently Los Angeles is without a decent center, with only Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre on the roster. Los Angeles has many options to choose from to fix the currently shallow roster and I’m sure Mitch Kupchak is already on the phone making deals and asking questions.
This news of Howard affects the entire league as some players were basing their decisions off of his as to where they would sign.
However, news just surfaced that Howard’s agent has said Howard has NOT made his decision yet on where he plans to play next season. Regardless of whether he has finalized his decision or not, it’s likely that Houston will be the winners of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.
Chris Broussard has reported that Dwight’s camp has notified the Los Angeles Lakers that he will not be returning to the team. Howard is to sign a 4 year 88 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets.
I’ll update this article as more news comes out, so be sure to keep checking back Nation. Are you glad to see him leave LA? Would you have preferred to see him stay? Let’s hear your thoughts Nation!