This time it's for real: Howard set on joining Rockets
JUL 05, 2013 5:23p ET
I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited (cont) http://t.co/h8WK4yP3zB— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 6, 2013
Last summer, Howard left the Orlando Magic for Los Angeles in a blockbuster trade that made the Lakers an early-season favorite to get to the NBA Finals.
However, injuries and poor team chemistry doomed the Lakers from the start, and despite earning a playoff spot, they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
The Rockets, led by rising stars Chandler Parsons and James Harden, were the youngest team in the NBA last season. Houston lost in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.
Parsons and Howard reportedly already had a close relationship this offseason, discussing the possibility of winning a championship together in Houston.
Parsons told the Houston Chronicle last month that he talked "to Dwight every day."
Shortly after his announcement, Howard tweeted an Instagram photo of him celebrating with Harden.
Houston we have liftoff http://t.co/2gFaZs1W3J— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 6, 2013
Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives met with Howard on Tuesday. But their efforts -- and Friday's last-ditch meeting -- were eventually not enough to keep the big man in LA for more than one season.
The Warriors also had high hopes of landing Howard after meeting with him on Monday. But multiple reports on Friday stated he would not be joining Golden State. However, the team did reportedly reach a four-year, $48 million deal with swingman Andre Iguodala.