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Question of the Day
Once a wide-smiling, fun-loving big guy, Howard lacked that joy in Los Angeles.
The Rockets are confident he’ll find it again in Houston.
“We’re going to get a smile back on his face that hasn’t been on it for a couple of years because of various things, injury and maybe the team situation he was in at the time,” general manager Daryl Morey told Comcast SportsNet Houston. “He’s going to have a smile back on his face.”
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel (it’s) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season,” Howard wrote on Twitter.
He leaves behind an extra $30 million and an offense under D'Antoni that he was never fully pleased with, joining a Rockets team that could become an immediate contender in the Western Conference with the All-Star center in the middle.
That didn’t quite end the Howard saga, which has dragged on a couple of years. Howard spoke again with the Lakers amid reports he was changing his mind.
Turns out, he was just saying goodbye.
“We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “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.”
Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta were the other suitors interested in Howard.
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