Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Howard signs with Rockets. Dwightmare Over?

The Dwightmare is over. General managers, owners and fans of the NBA can finally wake up.

 Dwight Howard has officially chosen to sign with the Houston Rockets after a tumultuous season with the Los Angeles Lakers, which ended in an early playoff exit. 

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski provides details on Howard's contract:
"Dwight Howard's four-year, $88 million maximum contract agreement with the Houston Rockets will include an early termination option after the 2015-16 season and a 15 percent trade kicker", league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

This means that in 2016, Dwight will have the option of opting out and becoming a free agent again, or signing a new five year, maximum contract deal with the Rockets, which would probably be the last of his career. If Howard is traded before his contract expires he will be paid 15 percent of the money left on his deal because of the kicker. 

Now that we have that established, let's get to the main point. Is the Dwightmare over?

At a first glance, Houston would seem the perfect fit for Howard. Pairing up with emerging star, James Harden, along with other up and coming players such as Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons, would create a young and talented nucleus that could possibly contend for a title next spring. This would allow Howard to play in a run-and-gun type of offense, something he's wanted to do for a while. Now, there are also reports that the Rockets are trying to hire former Houston Rockets legend, Hakeem Olajuwon, to their coaching staff. Imagine this. Olajuwon, one of the best low post players ever, working with Howard to improve his game everyday, maybe even adding a little "Dream Shake" action into it. Howard would literally be unstoppable. 

So yes, my answer is that the Dwightmare is indeed over, at least for the foreseeable future. And as long as Howard is happy doing what he's doing, I think that's all that matters to him (and of course, a few championship rings). 

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