The Houston Rockets are in full attack mode trying to lure Dwight Howard to the Lone Star State.
Tonight, Houston will have head coach Kevin McHale along with James Harden and Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon meet with Howard to discuss him possibly signing with Houston.
Rockets planning strong contingent to recruit Dwight that is said to include Hakeem, James Harden along w/Kevin McHale & team officials
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2013
The Rockets aren’t the only team on Howard’s agenda this week. He will also meet with the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers in the next few days.
The Lakers can offer Howard the longest and biggest contract if he re-signs there but there are definite benefits for him leaving town as well. Signing with another team may also set him up better to receive another max contract in his career under the current CBA rules than if he were to sign the max deal in LA.
Howard in Houston is a scary thought and at first glance, the best fit basketball-wise for the big man. Howard and Harden would immediately become one of the most dynamic duos in the NBA and Houston a team with one of the brightest futures in the NBA.
Houston finished as the eighth seed in the West this past season but if they can acquire Howard, may be considered one of the favorites in the conference.
The other teams Howard is meeting with will also be rolling out the red carpet to try and lure him to sign. Dallas is reportedly trying to trade for Rajon Rondo to help persuade Howard to sign and Atlanta has always been a city that Howard could be interested in.
Houston just seems like the best fit for the big man, who says winning a title is the most important thing for him right now. He can get closest to doing so by teaming up with Harden.