The Harden-Howard Era in Houston has officially come to a close, met with a mixed bag of feelings from Rockets fans.
Somehow, Dwight Howard‘s decision to leave the Houston Rockets and return home to the Atlanta Hawks seemed somewhat anticlimactic. After causing such a ruckus with his previous two exits, the big man made an under-the-radar move compared to other enormous contracts signed yesterday.
His time in Houston is somewhat tarnished by the drama and rumors that surrounded the team throughout the course of this past season, but Dwight played a significant part in continuing the Rockets’ trend of having dominant big men on the roster.
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Rahat Huq of Red94 wrote more extensively on what kind of legacy Howard will end up leaving in Houston. While the duo of Howard and James Harden never lived up to potential, they were able to bring the Rockets back to relevancy, something that hadn’t been the case for a quite a few years.
"It didn’t work out and I can live with that, but there are no hard feelings. Farewell, Dwight. Things soured at the end, but you chose this team and this city when no one else did, when no one else has since. You saw something in this team and saw yourself as part of something possibly bigger. I wish it would have ended better, I wish certain things had gone differently, but there were good times indeed. Thanks for the memories. Best of luck in Atlanta."
With Dwight Howard having moved on, the Rockets are left with Clint Capela as the only true center on the roster. Houston’s front office has met with free agent center Al Horford to convince him to sign with the Rockets, but according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari, he is more likely to sign with the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards.
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One other quasi-big man who is being targeted by the Rockets is Ryan Anderson, according to Yoni Pollak of House of Houston. The team met with Anderson this morning, but no further news has leaked as to whether or not the sharpshooter will sign with Houston.
"The stretch-four has always been a popular name amongst Rockets fans. Many thought that Anderson would have been the perfect fit alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard, with his ability to stretch the floor and knock down the three. Instead, Kevin McHale and Howard are gone, but the fit is still there in Mike D’Antoni’s offense."
As one of the few who believes letting Dwight Howard get away so easily was a bad idea, I’m not too excited about replacing him with someone else, but Horford and/or Anderson would make a good fit in Houston alongside James Harden. Stay tuned for more updates.
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