Report: Dwight Howard Will Sign With Houston Rockets

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dwight Howard saga is over.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets after an offseason filled with drama.

Howard met with five teams earlier this week: the Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, and Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets were said to be the favorites in the days after the meeting, and despite a late surge from the Warriors, they came away on top, landing the prized free agent.

The Warriors had built up quite a case for Howard. On Friday afternoon, they made a flurry of deals, trading away Brandon Rush, Andris Biedrins, and Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz to clear away from salary cap space, and used that to sign free agent Andre Iguodala to a multi-year deal.

Additionally, several reports in previous days suggested that the Warriors had certainly jumped into the competition for Howard, impressing him when they met with the center on Monday.

But it appears that was not enough to lure in the big fish.

One possible problem could have been that the Warriors’ only way to acquire Howard was via sign-and-trade, instead of being able to sign him outright. The Rockets, meanwhile, were able to just sign him, and offer him the chance to join James Harden in Houston.

And that’s exactly what Howard has done. It’s been a hell of last few days with all the rumors and speculation, but congratulations to the Houston Rockets for signing Dwight Howard.