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Dwight Howard discussed wanting input on roster decisions during meeting with Rockets

Jul 3, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

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Now that all of Dwight Howard‘s free agent meetings have concluded and we await his decision, some of the details about what went down in these presentations are beginning to come out.

And at least in the case of the Rockets, Howard wanted front office input in addition to whatever else the franchise was trying to promise.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

There were discussions about the Rockets’ ability to continue to build their roster, and Howard spoke about being including in decision-making — something Morey has routinely sought with stars — but no specific names were mentioned. Morey added that he is not looking to deal Omer Asik or Jeremy Lin.

“He absolutely did not insist on anything like that,” Morey said. “He’s focused on winning. He wants to be involved in process like all stars have, including James (Harden). To say he said any names is absolutely not true. He wants the best team possible and is interested in how we plan to do that.”

We’ve already heard this with Howard to some degree, when it was reported that he asked about how the team could add another max contract player should he end up choosing Houston as his free agent destination.

This also may be where the idea of pursuing Josh Smith alongside Howard originated, as he’s one of the other big names on the market that should fetch something approaching a maximum level deal.

The problem with all of this, of course, is the restrictive nature of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, which makes the tax penalties outrageous for teams that decide to acquire players that would send them far over the salary cap. Houston is not the Lakers or the Knicks, and won’t sign up for that type of financial commitment for Howard, or for anyone else.

As for wanting roster input, as Morey said, this is not uncommon for the main star on an NBA team. To what level the Rockets intend to listen will be the interesting part, and something tells me that once the ink is dry on a multi-year contract, some of these promises may be dialed back a bit in terms of how they’ll actually play out over the next several seasons.

  1. mungman69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I think Howard wants Iggy to join him and Hardin.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      This guy is too much trouble, I hope Laker let him walk and could
      get something in a sign and trade.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        The Lakers have said that they won’t do a sign and trade with him… but so many change their minds…

  2. thesportsguy52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    What a worthless POS for real tho

    • gettinbuckets513 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      You don’t even know that man? If you don’t like the athletes in the sport, don’t watch. You idiots let espn and sports MSM run your thoughts. That type of hate should be saved for Aaron Hernandez, not D12.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Dwight is such an entitled, petulant, capricious little boy.

  4. losntina69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    So a guy that hasn’t won anything in the league wants to be part of the decision process for the team??? He hasn’t been able to play with bums in Orlando and then he goes to LA and is still not able to do anything there. Yet he knows how to build a winner? Right

    • kle123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      The notion that he hasn’t won anything is dumb and all you’re trying to do is discredit him like so many others. He led his team to the finals which is more than Chris Paul, Derrick Rose or Carmelo Anthony can say, that’s not winning anything?

      And he had 1 season in LA which resulted in a over .500 season AND HE WAS RECOVERING FROM BACK SURGERY and his shoulder got injured and he’s supposed to be judged in that?

      You along with so many others wouldn’t be able to become a judge for any court because you can’t see both sides and just hate hate hate. If you see some guy you dislike, you already made up your mind. Disgusting.

      • topdawg4ever - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Gee, you are just full of excuses for the guy aren’t you? We ALL saw how he DID NOT play in LA and he was not hurt. He used his surgery from the year before as an excuse. When you have most of the team limping around and still producing (like Kobe and Pau) and you have no intensity and don’t care, no excuse in the world will fly.

        Whatever he managed to do in Orlando is nullified when he got the coach fired and still left them hanging. He came to LA to get a ring and realized he actually had to PLAY which he didn’t want to do. How he behaved in that last game was shameful. He should have been run outta town for that.

        Now let him be some other team’s problem.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        valid point. but i see where losntina69 is coming from. my beef is his indecisiveness with…everything, lack of good business/media sense, and overall lackadaisical attitude. i agree with the writer and that Houston is just “wink winking” this idea/thought…and once he signs, they will put Howard back at the “children’s table”…

      • kle123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM


        What you’re making is speculation that he actually wasn’t hurt and used it as an excuse? This is how haters hate. It’s freaking back surgery, doctors have come out and said he came back early and he wouldn’t have been near effective. You’re just making up stuff at this point.

        Different injuries affect people differently. Pau missed significant time, how does he get credit? Kobe was injured the last 2 games, give me a breaks. Your logic doesn’t fly. Also he still put up 17 & 12 and that doesn’t couldn’t as playing? A guy that hustles on defense doesn’t strike me as someone that doesn’t want to play.

        And no, everything Dwight did didn’t nullify cause Orland did had like 5 really good season AND THEY CAPTURED THE CONFERENCE TITLE WHICH IS NOW IN THEIR RECORDS. 20 years down the line when someone is arguing why the Bobcats are a better team than Magics. Magic fans will point to 2009 conference finals title. Stop being such a baby.

        @loungefly24 Dwight Howard handled this poorly with the fact that the public is really unforgiving. To me, anyone should be allowed to take his time to decide how his life will be like. Everyone has that choice. He shouldn’t be different because he plays basketball. What he was able to do for Orlando was give them assets instead of walking away with nothing, but even I wish he handled things better. I just can’t stand when someone isn’t being objective in any argument, whether its Kobe, Lebron, Jordon or whatever.

      • losntina69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        So what has he won? From what I have read I don’t think that Paul, Rose or Carmelo have asked to be part of the decision making for the team. Um when you have Kobe and Pau that should result in a over .500 season, hell Kobe has done better with less talent. You like so many others think your smarter then you really are and believe that you can actually judge anything. Tell me what has Dwight done to merit him being able to make decisions on who the team signs?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM


        You said Kobe has done better with less talent. How’d he do in the 2004/2005 season? Oh yeah, the Lakers went 35 and 47. They were only 28 games back of the division leader.

        And they ended the season on a whimper. They LOST 19 of their last 21 games… How does a team with Kobe lose 19 of 21 games?

        They lost 8 in a row, won a game, lost 5 in a row, won a game and then ended the season by losing their last 6 games in a row.

        That was Kobe’s 9th NBA season.

    • kle123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      If you follow basketball you will know that Clippers has given Chris Paul lots of creavity control. Carmelo just publicly said he wanted another scored. If that isn’t part of decidion making for a team then I don’t know what is.

      You’re right Kobe & Pau should net over .500 season but you seem to ignore the fact that Dwight had something to do with it. If 2 players were responsible for the over .500 season it would be Dwight and Kobe as the two most statistically efficent duo on the team. Pau was largely injured and had career lows and you want to make it seem like he’s the hero? And I am a much bigger Kobe fan than a Howard fan but Kobe has also done much worse with the 34-48 record in 2004-2005.

      I never claimed to be smart (nor do I claim not to be) and nothing I said should imply that neither. I am only implying that I am objective and I have thorough proved to be. You on the other hand used your opinions to cloud your judgement of him.

      I never said Dwight should be part of the decision making process, only that you weren’t being objective and was using a small sample size of a not 100% Howard to judge him vs the 8-9 years that he has been healthy and productive for Orlando.

      • losntina69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Damn your right, thats my fault for having my own opinion thank you for making me see the light. Oh man really saying publicly that you want another score is the same as requesting that you get another superstar and also having power of the decisions that the club makes. One team deciding to that is different then a player asking for it, how do you not see the difference??? Your whole argument is based on me saying that he hasnt done enough to merit any decision making for any team.

      • topdawg4ever - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        You make no sense. You defend Dwight and make excuses for him. He was CLEARED to play after his back surgery (which was not serious BTW- it arthroscopic surgery on a herniated disc) and if he wasn’t ready to play he should have sat on the bench. He had surgery on April 20, 2012 and his surgeon said he would be completely healthy and ready to play in 4 months. YOU do the math. He had the entire summer after his surgery to rehab and get in shape.

        Instead he played like crap, didn’t show any effort (everyone from Kobe, Shaq and NBA analysts said the same thing- he was not playing to his potential or with intensity) and basically GAVE UP. We have all seen players play “hurt” and you KNOW they are hurt. Didn’t see Dwight doing that.

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      same could be said of chris paul!!!!

  5. phreakin - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    for as many details leaking out from Houston on thwyrw meeting with Howard, I wouldn’t sign there. Talk about unprofessional

  6. shanelsweet - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I can’t criticize a man for wanting to make sure the folks he thinks he’s going to be playing with during his contract are actually going to be playing with the team and not traded away in some sort of switcheroo by management after he signs. D12 strikes me as the kind of guy who wants to have fun playing the game, and he can’t have fun playing with some folks (Kobe?). Time will tell, but if he leaves $30+ million on the table to leave LA . . . . ?

  7. jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    He’s not the first guy I’d turn to to make a decision.

  8. kb2408 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    @sweetshanel, Dwight has had “fun playing the game” his whole career and what has that gotten him? A lot of money but certainly no rings. Kobe ‘s idea of fun is competing and winning. That’s probably why he had five rings and 17 years in he’s still 1st team All NBA. If Dwight has any sense he’ll stay in L.A. and learn a thing or two from one of the best who’s ever done it and play for a franchise that averages a title about every 3-4 years.

    • dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Dwight enjoys Playing with Puppies

      Kobe relishes Swimming with Sharks

      • gettinbuckets513 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Get off Kobe’s nuts…You Pu#%&y!

  9. anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I hope DH12 asked the same question during his workout with Curry and the Warriors.

    Then on the very next pass, Curry fires one off his head for asking such a stupid question.

    DH12, for the last 2 years you couldn’t even make up your mind in Orlando or LA, how the world are you going to have any input on GSW roster?

    DH12 still has a hard time choosing the right happy meal at McDonalds.

    • spursareold - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Doesn’t he just by a couple of each happy meal for that SUV full of kids he has?

  10. azarkhan - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Howard wants input on roster decisions? That’s terrible! Who does he think he is, Kobe Bryant?

  11. patfic15 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Yep. Because that worked so well in Orlando. Howard instantly makes the team she joins a team I can no longer tolerate.

  12. onlyavoice - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Self Appointed Basketball Guru Jim Buss Makes All The Decisions.
    With That Dwight Saw His sales Pitch Last Season
    & That’s Why He Is Looking Elsewhere.
    Trust This, If Howard Doesn’t Resign, All Hell Is Going To Break Out On Jim Buss.
    Not Only From Family But All Those Billion Dollar Investors.
    For The Lakers To Succeed In The Future, Howard Signing Elsewhere May Be The Best Thing For The Lakers In Ridding Themselves Of The Clueless Jim Buss.

    • dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I disagree…
      There was no need to capitalize every word in your post.

      But I do agree with what you’ve said about Jim Buss.

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Three words: “Hooked On Phonics”

      As for Dwight, it has always amazed me how players think they know what other players are best to “build a championship team”. Considering how much money is at stake for owning a successful franchise, you’d think these guys would forego their playing careers and just be an owner. Lot more money in ownership, guys. You should consider it.

      • nes125 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Exactly Florida….this is a joke. “Input”…..give me a break.

      • topdawg4ever - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Oh yeah- that worked out great for Michael Jordan!

      • gettinbuckets513 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Yeah D wade and LeBron played GM and that worked out ok, it’s not rocket science idiot.

  13. biasedhomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Might not be the best idea, especially when you consider that they are analytics-heavy over there in Houston and Howard probably has no clue those stats exist.

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      He has no clue MATH exists.

  14. thatstinks - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I tell ya what you also give the final say in all front office decisions as well paying me as much as you possibly can I will consider you . Are you finished with that steak ?

  15. mblue24 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    DH is a POS. not worth having on any team. He will just bail or give up when he doesn’t get his own way.

  16. cfos00 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I can’t see how Darryl Morrey, one of the smartest GM’s in the league, would possibly agree to running his decisions by a guy who might not even be his best player—that would be Harden.

  17. nes125 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Howard = Chamberlain….would of had a great career, but is not a competitor.

    Being able to play a sport and being a competitor are two different things. Howard epitomizes this difference. Go ahead naysayers, defend him all you want but at this point in his career, Howard should be dominating the league, given his physical attributes and talent in the paint.

    Last person I would need/want decision input from is someone who wants to have “fun”.

  18. albertmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    No player should be involved in front office decisions. Any of them can make suggestions, but they shouldn’t be involved. The Timberwolves let Garnett have too much say in their front office decisions and that is when they got nabbed with the illegal contract with Joe Smith (Garnett’s buddy), and it spun the franchise into ruin for a decade. Even with Garnett’s tinkering, he didn’t win a title until he went to a different team that had a stronger FO. Players should be happy with their multi-millions, play hard, and let the FO assemble the team.

  19. thatstinks - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    If Darryl wants to win he will have no problem reporting to Dwight ….and probably to Josh as well .

  20. vaphinfan - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Who would want to coach this guy?

  21. jollyjoker2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Geeze – above average centers have really declined in the NBA…..Hopefully someone in college comes out in the next few years. Howard is a du m b as s putz.

  22. mrolympia9 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    why doesn’t Dwight just go for it and discuss being the coach as well?

  23. banggbiskit - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Does the D in D12 stand for Drama?

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