Once free agency gets under way in a few days, most of the attention will surround Dwight Howard and which team he decides to sign with for the next couple of years. There were high expectations for Howard when the Los Angeles Lakers acquired him last offseason and even though they’ve spent the last week or so bending over backwards to prove how much they want him to stick around–all signs point to the star center parting ways and giving things a shot with a different team.
One team that Howard will apparently be meeting with–the Houston Rockets.
The two sides have scheduled a visit in Los Angeles once teams are allowed to meet with players at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Apparently, the Rockets are going all out to convince Howard to come on board for the 2013-14 season by sending James Harden, Kevin McHale, and even former player Hakeem Olajuwon to the meeting.
Howard turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012-13 season as he struggled to fit in Mike D’Antoni‘s system and the center has made it clear he’s not a fan of the head coach–which is why it seems unlikely he’ll return to the Lakers. There’s still plenty of time before Howard will make a decision, but with the potential displayed last season, it’s easy to see why he would make a good fit in Houston.
The Rockets certainly have the talent to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference next year and with the addition of Howard–they would be even stronger contenders.