After 20 months of constant rumours surrounding the future of the best center in the NBA, Dwight Howard has finally made his decision on where he will play his basketball next season.
Howard took to Twitter to confirm he will be leaving the LA Lakers for the Houston Rockets. The move does not really come as a surprise as it was always a five-team chase for the big-man, with the Lakers eager to get him to stay.
The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks as well as the Golden State Warriors all wanted to sign Howard too, but he has rejected their overtures in favour of the Rockets.
Now that he has made his decision after lengthy meetings between all of the franchises, the free-agency period can continue without this massive saga hanging above everyone’s head.
Howard has reportedly signed a deal worth $88million over four years, and whoever says it is about the money, the Lakers were offering Dwight a five-year deal worth $30million more than the offer Howard has just accepted.
His move from the Orlando Magic to the LA Lakers never lived up to its billing, and his partnership with Kobe Bryant failed to hit the heights the fans and the franchise had hoped.
The Rockets went great distances to ensure they got their man, as they have cleaned up their roster and offered Howard the opportunity to play alongside the talented duo of Jeremy Lin and James Harden - the Rockets took the Thunder to six games in a first-round play-off loss, now with Howard on the side you cannot rule them out from going even further this year.
This wasn’t official until Dwight Howard tweeted the decision on his Twitter account: "I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets.
"I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season.
"I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best."
Howard then changes his avatar to him wearing a Rockets uniform, so it looks like he has moved on already. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchack also had his say via the team's official website.
"We have been informed of Dwight's decision to not return to the Lakers," said Kupchak.
"Naturally we're disappointed, however, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great Lakers fans will be proud to support.
"To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career."
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