Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Free agent center Dwight Howard has
reportedly decided to join the Houston Rockets.
According to a USA Today report, the seven-time All-Star will ink a deal with
the Rockets, ending a nearly 20-month saga regarding the future of the
dominant big man.
Howard, the most coveted free agent of the 2013 offseason, was traded to the
Los Angeles Lakers from the Orlando Magic following several trade requests
last summer in a four-team deal.
Howard underwent back surgery last April and spent much of the offseason
rehabbing. Howard is currently suffering from a torn labrum in his right
shoulder, but that injury will not require surgery to repair.
The 27-year-old averaged 17.1 points and a league-leading 12.4 rebounds per
The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta
Hawks were also involved in the recruiting process.
Howard was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year three times (2009-2011) and
led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009, where they were ousted by the Lakers
in five games.
In Houston, Howard will team up with All-Star guard James Harden, along with
guard Jeremy Lin and forwards Chandler Parson and Omer Asik.
The Rockets were eliminated in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs in six
games by the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.
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