Posted May 19, 2013

Dwight Howard ‘intrigued’ by Rockets, Mavericks, according to report

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Dwight Howard is reportedly interested in signing with the Rockets and Mavericks this offseason. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard is reportedly interested in signing with the Rockets and Mavericks this offseason. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Soon-to-be free-agent center Dwight Howard will give “strong consideration” to signing with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, CBS Sports’ Ken Berger reported on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping for a quick decision from Howard on whether he will re-sign with the team, but it appears likely that the process will be drawn out.

According to Berger, Howard is most intrigued by the Rockets, who would need to make a few moves to be able to sign Howard. Berger reported that Howard likes the Rockets’ roster, which includes a young star in James Harden and a complementary, 26-year-old 7-footer in Omer Asik.

Before he was traded to the Lakers last offseason, the Rockets were involved in discussions to acquire Howard from the Orlando Magic.

The Mavericks would also have to make a few minor moves to be able to get under the salary cap and sign Howard.

The one advantage the Lakers have in upcoming negotiations with Howard is the ability to offer him more money to stay in Los Angeles. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Howard can sign a five-year, $118 million contract to stay with the Lakers, or a four-year, $87.6 million deal with another team. The Lakers, however, will be hamstrung in any attempt to improve their roster if they re-sign Howard.

After the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Howard didn’t give any indication of whether he was planning to re-sign with the team.

“For me, I’m going to do what’s best for myself, what’s going to make me happy,” Howard said. “At the end of the day, I can’t control who likes me and who dislikes me but I have the right to be happy. That’s what I’m going to do. That’s the biggest thing right there.”


86 comments
blcknewyork
blcknewyork

Steve Smith told a story of how he flew to meet with his general manager after hearing trade rumors and was assured that they were not true.  He flew back to Portland and turned on Sportscenter and found out he was traded.  He found out he was traded on sportscenter.  What people don't understand is these athletes careers are short and organizations are going to do whats best for them.  Athletes have to do what they feel will make them happy.  Orlando sucks and lost Shaq and Howard years later.  Cleveland sucked and lost Lebron.  Make an effort to surround them with talent and they will stay.  Lebrons finals appearance with Cleveland and Howards appearance with Orlando was horrible to watch once you got pass Lebron and Howard.  If you are a Cleveland fan or Orlando fan your disgust has to be with your front office.  If you are a Lakers fan, please don't expect to get a championship the 2008 Boston way.  Don t waste the few years Kobe has left and don't turn a marquee franchise into a joke.

temprist
temprist

big ken on D-12 he will be back he have something to prove two everybody people don't realize the man was still hurting  know one won't to give him credit  for playing coming back early and never complaining  about his back watch out next year blocks dunks taking you to the hole stealing the ball and D-12 got footwork and skills just let everybody know he will be back in a L.A  LAKERS Uniform.

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

Blah blah not a winner prima donna no footwork blah blah. If you don't want him, you're crazy. Whatever you think of his personality, he's a proven commodity, the best center in the world, he changes the game defensive like nobody else and his teams haven't missed the playoffs since he was 22. He'd give Houston a chance to leap from lower seed to legit contender. You don't get a chance at a true franchise player that often.

cruzmode
cruzmode

Kobe may be hard for some to play with only because he expects the best from a teammate.  D-12 did not show any footwork skills nor does he have a solid go to shot.  Additionally, D-12 will make more $ in LA by his salary and the many endorsements available to any superstar.  Presently, D-12 is not a superstar. 

Mr. J
Mr. J

Dwight will be back to being a beast in Houston. #1 He will be happy and comfortable play with unselfish players....#2 No one enjoys playing with Kobe, he is a ball hog and he treats his teammates like they are his children plus D Antonio system is not for bigs...#3 Howard was still bother by his back and shoulder during most of last year he will be 100% after the summer......#4 Who wants to go to LA and play in front of their premaddona fan base and team.....#5 Harden is very close to being the best two guard in the NBA with Wade and Kobe getting old,,,Harden and Dwight could be the best two players at their position the next 6 years along with up and coming Chandler Parson, you would potentially have two 1st team all NBA player with a very good do all player(fringe allstar) in Parson and you probably have at least 1-2 NBA championships with Miami getting older!!!!!!!!.......No brainer!!!......Houston we have lift off!!

aeppbp
aeppbp

Please leave LA.  We need winners.

CoreyRSanity
CoreyRSanity

As a Rockets fan, I say, "nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"

iampedro
iampedro

 CAL income: $118,000,000 / 5 =  $    23,600,000.00 - $2,889,903 Taxes =  $ 20,710,097.00 

TEX income: $87,600,000 /4 =  $  21,900,000.00 

iampedro
iampedro

I have done the math on what he would make and he would make more money per year in Texas than in LA plus he will have a chance to win sooner than later :).

Ben21
Ben21

D12 is only intrigued with teams in Texas that don't charge income tax. Do not be fooled. It will take his pea brain months to figure out Lakers higher salary and income tax ramifications vs. lesser $ and no tax in Texas.

MRK
MRK

Intrigued?  He means...I now have a chance to wreck another team...

 

6marK6
6marK6

The Rockets have a nice team in the process of being built, just not sure that Howard makes you better.

CucamongaKing
CucamongaKing

WOW based on that statement he is not coming back to Lakers.

 

Sounds unhappy.    How hard is it to get along with people Kobe??   

Jason1
Jason1

Do NOT come to Dallas.  We will run you out of town like we did that clown Mr. Kardashian.  We don't put up with whiny divas.

StaceyLomax
StaceyLomax

Give me a break, Its the diva train pulling into the station.  He thinks are going to destroy the teams they have built, thats the only way to get him, move other piece from your team.  I like this season, he didn't show much at all this season....and thats with a team already to make the playoffs.....He's a waste of time, for a building team.

G. Cohen
G. Cohen

Please get rid of him. Please.....

rick259g
rick259g

This guy is the Alex Rodriguez of the NBA...extremely talented but not a good team player..puts up good stats but his teams don't have good chemistry, therefore underachieve.  I would be very surprised if he ever wins an NBA Championship.

Mr. J
Mr. J

Laker Nation it sucks for you hope you can squeak into the playoffs next year...lol

nathan l
nathan l

Given his track record, I have a modest proposal for how Dwight Howard should be covered: nothing he says is newsworthy until he actually signs with a team. If the media stopped fawning over this guy's every word, he'd probably pick a team in 5 minutes.

gwhjelm
gwhjelm

This guy was poison in Orlando, and with the Laker's. Now he wants to go to the Rockets, or the Mavericks. The best place for him would be with the Mavericks. He and their owner would get along tremendously. The first time that Howard pulled one of the disappearing/pouting renditions that he is known for in the NBA, then the Dallas owner would have a public inquisition. When that happens then Howard better hope that he has one year contract, because Howard won't want to stay in Dallas. Even the fans will turn on this cry baby. Like I said, he is poison, and I don't think that Howard will ever be a team player. Howard says that he wants to be happy, and if you can't be happy with the Laker's, then where are you going to go  to be happy in the NBA. Oh, I forgot he wants to be happy on his terms, and play his own system. Dwight Howard is so good that he doesn't need a coach, GM, or an owner. He is an NBA Champ all by himself!

imst0ncld
imst0ncld

Houston I hope you get a problem "Mr Dwight Howard"  Lakers let him go keep Pau!! or go get Chris Paul he should be he anyway!!!!!

Charlie P
Charlie P

Unfortunately for the Lakers, I believe Howard will ultimately chase the extra millions and re-sign with them.  Unless he has a significant change of priorities, placing winning ahead of being happy, the Lakers fans will be sorely disappointed with being tied down to him for the next 5 years with no chance at a championship.

D.1
D.1

If the Rockets have any brains at all...

topnoah787
topnoah787

This overgrown clown is definitely no Lakers material like his illustrious predecessors (eg. Mikan Wilt, Kareem and the real Superman ... Shaq) who were champions from head to toe and never held their team hostage like he did with the Magic. This loser will be neither a champion nor a true leader of any team. Helping him pack his suitcases and show him the egress ASAP.

mon1
mon1

LA is no clown town.  Go somewhere else.  Four kids from different women still not happy lol.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

KoMe drives yet another player away.

D. Darqwon
D. Darqwon

@CoreyRSanity  If you don't want D12 in a Rockets uniform then you are either not a true Rockets fan or either too blinded by ill-informed emotionally based chatter.

Acquiring Howard is the best of all possible moves the Rockets could make this summer.

6marK6
6marK6

 @Ben21 I think he has an agent that can process that for him

6marK6
6marK6

 @Jason1 I think he will avoid Dallas more for the fact that they suck and are going nowhere.

baucumjoseph
baucumjoseph

What a very lazy observation.  Is the guy a bit of a diva?  Yes.  Does he need a little coddling?  Of course.  But don't act like the guy is a good stats/bad team player.  It was only four years ago that he took the Magic to the Finals averaging a 20.3 pts, 15.3 rebs, 2.6 blks, and had a .241 ws/per 48.  You're talking about a guy whose sidekicks were Hedo, Rashard, and Rafer Alston that year.  So yes, Howard has been a bit of baby recently, but if he's healthy (which he wasn't this year after coming off back surgery), the guy is a franchise center piece.

ScottWright
ScottWright

 @rick259g

 Thats a pretty good observation,What he needs is a coach tha he will respect and respond to because its almost but not to late for him to have a respectable career run with a team,If he is willing to do the afore mentioned things,Talent is like a dragster,You can make all the horsepower in the world but if you cant apply it where its needed you will watch the other care zoom by you!Its a head thang,He needs someone he can believe in and play for,Thats why teams like San Antonio were good among others Popovich was one of those coaches guys listened and responded to!

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

 I agree with you, I live in Orlando and watched D Coward look for every way to to keep his name in the media, and only person worst then D Coward is Prince James..... 

opaque
opaque

 @gwhjelm

 Grow up, guy, sarcasm and hyperbole are especially tiresome when poured too thick by someone with absolutely no interest in objective reasoning.  Howard is indeed overly sensitive and simply not a real bright person in general, but his Laker shortcomings can be in part attributed to the fact that he was never close to 100% physically this year and to deem him "poison" in Orlando is basically revisionist history given that he was the centerpiece of very good Magic teams for the better part of a decade even if his exit was very messy.  Gonna be hard for any team to overcome the financial advantage the Lakers have if they indeed want to continue the pairing of Howard and Bryant, but Houston feels like the right fit for him to me if someone can convince him that money isn't everything when it comes to being truly happy and fulfilled.

geeon1
geeon1

@D.1 If they have any brains at all they find a way to sign D-Howard and jump into top 5 status

CarlosBMorarles1
CarlosBMorarles1

 @topnoah787 not a laker fan, in fact hate the lakers, but totally feel bad for your organization to deal with this drama king. pissed me off how orlando tried so hard to accomodate this fool

D. Darqwon
D. Darqwon

@mon1 What??? Cut it out. 

L.A. is the clown capital. 

Literally, the clown capital.

imst0ncld
imst0ncld

 @SukeMadiq Without KOBE the Lakers would be the worst!!!!

Go back to the BOOZE!!!

doghockey
doghockey

 @SukeMadiq Good point.  No one ever wants to join a player that has been a vital part of five championships.

Jason1
Jason1

 @6marK6 I won't argue that one.  Dirk needs to retire and the rebuilding process needs to begin but without Howard.

D. Darqwon
D. Darqwon

@opaque: Thanks for interjecting some honest objectivity and perspective into these comments that had sadly devolved into a chorus of whining from ill-informed armchair analysts sounding like a bevy of bitter ex-girlfriends.

KenKing
KenKing

 @opaque  @gwhjelm  Opaque, I agree with virtually all your points. But as is the case with many chemicals, a poison can be derived, over time, from an inert substance. That can now be called the Howard Theorem. His posse has him convinced that he has a far higher value than he truly does. Surely you can see the next chapter coming. It is no coincidence that he is looking in Texas. There are 6 states with no income tax. There are no teams in Alaska, South Dakota and Nevada. Just this week, Stern squahed any hopes of a team in Washington. That leaves Texas and Florida. Miami certainly does not have the cap room to sign him, and Orlando has no desire. So that effectively leaves Texas. Hmmmmmm. Now, to the next chapter: Howard tried to force a sign and trade so that he gets his Max contract from LA, yet ends up in Texas ( probably Houston) so he pays no tax and still get the big contract.  That would probably be something like Lin, Asik and a pick for Howard.

 

This is going to be messy. it is definitely not going to be easy for the Lakers or whomever. Howard's entourage have already decided that eh wants the max contract from the Lakers but does not want to play second banana to Kobe.

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

 @opaque  @gwhjelm

 Besides how many exits for Superstars weren't messy... Shaq and Lakers, Iverson and Sixers, Lebitch and Cleveland, etc

D.1
D.1

 @geeon1 Right. Because look what he did for the Lakers. He's damaged goods. 

Jason1
Jason1

 @JonathanWoyke  @6marK6 He is still good but his numbers have dwindled over the last few years.  Retired may be a bit premature on my part but I would rather start rebuilding now instead of trying to hold together a .500 team for a few years.  Howard is a distraction who seems to like the drama he causes (Kobe is another story), first in Orlando and now in LA.  I would rather not deal with having to listen to him as a Mav.

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

 @Jason1  @6marK6

 Not a Mav fan but Dirk retire? Barring an injury he is still one of the best Power Forwards playing, if not the best. You understand that rebuilding means years and years of drought right? Howard could help you stay at least relevant... without Dirk you have no reason for people wanting to play for you, especially with Cuban as the owner.

opaque
opaque

 @KenKing  @opaque  @gwhjelm

 I'll stand by my comments on the subject, but yeah, if many folks in Orlando prefer to remember him as little more than a corrosive substance that ruined the franchise over time as opposed to a guy who was taken first in the draft and was productive and the main source of their becoming relevant again then I guess that's only to be expected.

D. Darqwon
D. Darqwon

@D.1    Right. Because the Lakers were doing so well in the playoffs the few seasons before he got there.