Would Dwight Howard fit with Rockets?

Would Dwight Howard fit with Rockets?
February 15, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Armed with cap-space and an All-Star, the Rockets are sitting in great position to become a title contender.

The team with the league's youngest roster is currently sitting 1.5 games out of the seven-seed in the Western Conference. James Harden, the league's fifth leading scorer at 26.1 points per game, is the star that you need to convince another major player to board ship.

Enter 2013 unrestricted free-agent Dwight Howard.

"I like their (Houston's) team to be honest with you," Howard said at Friday's All-Star media session. "The Rockets play together. Everything they do is great. It's fun to watch them."

With the trade deadline is days after the All-Star break and with Howard's refusing to commit to any team in the near future, it is the Rockets that just might look to have the brightest.

The Lakers feature Kobe Bryant, who has led the league in field goal attempts the past three season (121 in front of Russell Westbrook this year), a 39-year-old point guard signed for the next three years and no sign of youth anytime soon.

Stark contrast to the Rockets, who feature a go-to scorer years away from entering his prime, a developing point guard, a top young small forward and sit 3.5 games in front of the Lakers in the standings.

"They are one of the teams that ..." Howard continued. "That you can tell that in a few years, they're going to be really good."

Not too long ago, the Rockets were angling for Howard. Howard, was supposedly disinterested, according to multiple reports. They turned to Pau Gasol (David Stern turned down that deal for "basketball reasons") and Andrew Bynum.

The consolation was Harden, who day by day is proving to actually be the best player they could have ended up with, not only because of his contributions on the court but how he has changed the perception of the team, including Howard's, off it.

Howard claimed to be "75 percent," following back surgery this offseason and dealing with his torn labrum recently. Yet, he's still averaging 16.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Howard holds all the cards in his temporary partnership with the Lakers. He has not given them any assurances he will return next season. So teams with cap space, namely Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, will have have Howard's ear at some point this offseason. Unless it never makes it that far and the Lakers realize they just might lose him for nothing.