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Vitals: Unrestricted free agent, 27, seven-time All-Star
We don't know what was said behind closed doors in the meetings with Dwight Howard's primary suitors, and we certainly don't know what's going on in his mind right now. But we do know what's best for him as a basketball player.
Los Angeles is offering him $118 million, Hollywood status and the pedigree and winning tradition of the Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks are more intriguing than L.A., with plenty of cap space, a bunch of options for the future and a winning culture commandeered by Mark Cuban.
However, the Houston Rockets are the best fit for the big man, even if it's only by a hair.
Co-star James Harden is there, but Howard can still be his own man and no longer have to live in the shadows of a fellow superstar like Kobe Bryant. A plethora of capable shooters and role players surround him, and directing them is the ideal kind of coach in Kevin McHale.
Howard only hoisted 10.7 shots per night with L.A. In Houston's uptempo style, he should see a minimum of a dozen shots, even with Harden and company taking their fair share.
The Rockets are simply the best mix of opportunities, known quantities and basketball potential.
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