The Houston Rockets were the first team to meet with free agent center Dwight Howard and according to a report, they made quite the first impression.
The Rockets were in Los Angeles to give a dinner presentation to Howard at the Hotel Bel-Air, touching upon the franchise’s championship history and the structure of the organization around him. According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, a league source says that the Rockets are the early frontrunner.
Ironically enough, Houston is also the only team that has made their pitch to Howard considering free agency simply just began. Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were both with the Rockets’ front office representatives at the meeting, attempting to add a little flavor to the team’s chances of landing Howard. Yao Ming even Skyped in from China.
After trading Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Rockets have the cap space to land Howard and give him the money that he wants. As for Houston in general, Howard may very well be the type of player that can take them to the next level in the Western Conference, so this could be an ideal fit.
Now, although the Rockets have the early edge, Howard’s other potential suitors will also get their chance to impress the free agent center. The Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers ill all get their individual opportunities to woo Howard to their respected organizations, so while Houston may have a slight edge as of right now, there’s still a long way to go.
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