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Hopefully, Kevin McHale and the Rockets know what they're getting into with Dwight Howard.
Dwight Howard is an interesting one, and I'll explain what I mean by that.
His risk/reward factor, unlike every other player, is much less based in performance. Yes, last year was a down year. But he still averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks all on 57.8 percent shooting.
Not exactly awful if you ask me.
It was the little things, though, that he couldn't, or wouldn't, do. He wasn't the anchor of the defense like he was in Orlando, he couldn't physically dominate as much and at times he just seemed disinterested.
It might give a GM second thoughts to hand a guy like that a four-year, $88 million deal. And Howard got himself a very special four-year, $88 million deal.
In the contract Howard has an opt-out clause after three years. So if Houston isn't working out, he could bolt. And he's shown a knack for doing just that.
The other thing in that contract is a 15 percent trade kicker. So if the Rockets trade Howard, his salary goes up by 15 percent, making it that much harder to move his contract.
All this adds up to Howard having the power. And we all saw how well that went in Orlando and then Los Angeles.
If I'm an owner, I'm trembling at the thought of Dwight Howard deciding the future of my team.
He could go right back to the dominant 2011-2012 Dwight who can bring the Rockets back to the playoffs and prime them for a deep run. Or he can be the guy who left two teams in shambles and created a media circus wherever he went.
To be fair, the Magic have managed to assemble a nice young core after Dwight's departure. And not too many people will shed a tear if the Lakers have a down year, as people expect them to bounce back soon enough.
But if the Rockets build around Howard, and by their signings this summer they seem to be doing so, and then he leaves or demands a trade then they're in trouble. They will have a team built around a dominant big man, and they'll be lacking a dominant big man. Might be a problem.
Essentially, signing Dwight Howard means the Rockets feel that the reward of getting the best-center-in-the-league version of Howard is greater than the risk of getting Dwight Howard, the franchise hijacker.
In the interest of not having to deal with another year of the "Dwightmare," let's hope he likes Houston.
Nobody on this list can take his team to greater heights or depths like Dwight Howard can. World Peace is a role player, Ellis and Smith aren't of that caliber and Bynum isn't being counted on like Howard is. It's really a no contest.
Good luck, Houston.