Despite all of the rumours surrounding his future heading into last Thursday's trade deadline, Dwight Howard remained a Houston Rockets player when the day came to an end.
And, according to the Western Conference team's General Manager, Daryl Morey, the perennial All-Star is happy to stay in Houston regardless of the speculation.
"Dwight's a great player," Morey said via the Houston Chronicle. "He wants to be in Houston. We want him to be in Houston.
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In light of the numerous reports on the Rockets' attempts to find a trade partner for Howard, Morey admitted things had been a little more public than he would have liked.
"I was disappointed some things got out rumor-wise, but all those things were myself doing diligence. That's part of my job."
Howard had himself pledged his allegiance to the Rockets last week whilst trade rumors were swirling but his long-term future isn't especially certain.
The center is widely expected to opt out of his contract this summer and enter free agency, where he could either re-sign with Houston or leave the franchise on his own terms after three seasons.
In 45 games this season, the 30-year-old is averaging 14.6 points and 11.9 rebounds-per-game.