Dwight Howard to Rockets Only One Move In a Very Busy Day

Dwight Howard commits to Houston.

Dwight Howard commits to Houston.

Friday saw a flood of free agent news, but none was perhaps bigger than the announcement by Dwight Howard that he intended to sign with the Houston Rockets.  This decision may come as a surprise to some considering that Howard actually vetoed a trade to Houston during his final year with the Magic.  The move is a big hit to several teams, but none perhaps more than the Lakers who were hoping that by teaming up future Hall of Famers like Kobe Bryant, Steven Nash, Pau Gasol and Howard, that they would be competing for a title.  Instead it seems as though the team may be headed for the lottery.  Many believe that the hiring of ‘coach’ Mike ‘Antoni may have been the primary reason for Howard’s departure, but concerns about chemistry between he and Bryant have also been an issue.  The Houston Rockets are hoping that Howard will be able to make it through an entire season without getting his feelings hurt when somebody points out that he is not as good a post player as he would like to think and in turn demanding a trade.    

Andre Iguodala has committed to the Goldenstate Warriors.

Andre Iguodala has committed to the Goldenstate Warriors.

In other free agent news, the Denver Nuggets, after having lost to the Goldenstate Warriors in the post season, have lost to them again in the free agency.  Versatile forward Andre Iguodala has agreed to terms with the Warriors who sent: Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson Adnris Biedrins and first-round picks in 2014 and 2017 to the Utah Jazz in order to clear up enough cap space to bring in Iguodala.  They also had to renounce the rights to point guard Jarrett Jack.  Many expected Iguodala to return to the Nuggets, but the Warriors seem to be intent on improving upon last season’s deep playoff run.  If healthy, the current Warriors roster could likely compete with any team in the league and additional moves may yet be made to improve them further.

Jose Calderon has agreed to terms with the Dallas Mavericks; a surprising move considering many thought Caldron would sign with a contender.

Jose Calderon has agreed to terms with the Dallas Mavericks; a surprising move considering many thought Caldron would sign with a contender.

There were a flurry of other moves Friday: Paul Millsap sign a deal with the Hawks; O.J. Mayo signed with the Bucks; Jose Calderon signed with the Dallas Mavericks (?); Chris Copeland signed with the Indiana Pacers; and the Houston Rockets traded Royce White to the 76ers.  The landscape of the NBA is rapidly changing, but no clear-cut contender has arisen from the deals, though some teams, the Lakers among them, have certainly been eliminated from contention for this year at least.

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