Dwight Howard had five meetings in a 48-hour period and was given a lot to consider. There was a lot to discuss, from offensive systems to marketing advantages, championship potential to star treatment. The team to win his services, beginning with the Rockets late Sunday to the Hawks and Warriors on Monday and Mavericks and Lakers on Tuesday, have plenty to offer and each provide some interesting benefits for Dwight Howard and his max contract.
Here’s a look at some of the factors he considered when choosing to sign and play for the Houston Rockets.
Strengths: With a talented, fast paced, young roster, the Rockets are on the ascent enough that they would likely move to contender status if Dwight Howard moves to Houston. The city has long been a favorite of NBA players. Howard is already close friends with James Harden and Chandler Parsons, has worked with Hakeem Olajuwon and would fit extremely well with Kevin McHale’s coaching style. The Rockets’ enormous popularity in China would be a significant marketing advantage in that rapidly expanding basketball market. Dwight howard would be able to recoup money from Texas not having a state income tax and Chinese marketing contracts.