HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Dwight Howard’s impending arrival in Houston helps him as much as it helps Houston. Howard will be introduced to the Rockets this week with the contract deadline opening on July 10. Howard’s contract, a reported four-year, $88-million deal, is a cool $30 million less than what the Lakers were offering. Rockets GM Daryl Morey thinks that speaks highly of Howard’s motives and that his arrival is a credit to his team and players like James Harden.
“To Dwight’s credit he did turn down a pretty significant amount of money to come to the Rockets. It shows his mindset that he’s really ready to take that next step. If you look at best players, James Harden is the best player out there that he could join,” Morey said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Houston.
In Harden’s first season with the Rockets, he averaged 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals, setting career highs in each category.
“If you are asking me how Harden should handle this, Harden should be elated because I don’t care how talented he is or how many points he scores, unless he wins, he’s just going to be another good player who came through this game,” Rockets broadcaster Calvin Murphy said in an interview with SportsRadio 610. “Right now, he has the opportunity to become a superstar because of Dwight so if I’m giving him any advice, ‘Do what you’re told, and everybody gets a piece of the pie.'”
Harden, who was active in recruiting Howard, made his emotions known about the free agent signing. When he found out about Howard’s signing, Harden tweeted:
Added Daryl Morey, “Vegas, experts, (and) we give him the best chance to win and the best chance to win going forward as we have the most draft picks, the most young players, the most free agent money. This team isn’t done. This team is very good. It’s going to be a top seed in the West and will contend for a title and we are going to continue to improve it from there.”