HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

Rockets stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are going to attend the Rockets’ meeting with Anthony, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Howard, according to sources, is eager to pitch Anthony on the Rockets. Sources say Howard was trying to track down Anthony’s cell phone number to contact him directly to make a pitch over the phone. It is unclear if the two connected, but Howard is believed to be enamored with the idea of playing alongside Anthony. “He really wants to sell him on Houston,” a source with knowledge of Howard’s thinking said. “He wants Carmelo there badly.” ESPN.com

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The Houston Rockets big man who left the Los Angeles Lakers behind to join James Harden & Co. discussed the forthcoming free agency period with USA TODAY Sports this week, saying he would love to play with fellow All-Stars like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony but that he has no plans to lead the recruiting effort. His focus is on leading his young Rockets team, and perhaps even taking the sort of stern approach that would belie his infamously-goofy style. USA Today Sports

Dwight Howard: "I don't know what (Anthony) is going to do, but he wants to win. So he's going to be looking for a place to go where he can win. He's made enough money. He's done everything. I think he just wants to win right now. That's his only goal. I've always been a Melo fan. One thing he said in an interview a long time ago, I think my first or second year in the league, I remember him saying that if he could play with one guy in the league he would play with Dwight Howard, so you never know. You never know what could happen. Right now, I don't know, but for Melo's sake I just hope he goes somewhere where he feels like he has a chance to win and be successful for the next four or five years of his career. USA Today Sports

So look back a bit for me. It's been almost a year since you left L.A. and headed for Texas. How do you reflect on that decision now? A: "I made the best decision for me. Looking at this organization, where we're trying to go, I think all of us are pretty much on the same page. Each day I'm talking to the people up top, trying to figure out ways to try and get better. The coaching staff, from our trainer, in the weight room the guys are working on our bodies every day just trying to figure out how to get better. That's been our focus. "After the playoffs this year, we saw a lot of things in ourselves that we needed to change. Since then, I've just been on a mission to do whatever I can to lead this team. Every day, I'm there at 8 am in the weight room with these guys … Running on the track with them, going to the boxing gym with them, just trying to provide leadership. I've been in the league a long time, and even though I played a lot of (meaningful) basketball, this void is still in me. The void of not winning a championship. I want it extremely bad, and I want these guys to have that same kind of motivation and attitude that I have. I think my decision was great. I think it has forced me to really grow up as a man, as a basketball player, a teammate, father, everything. I think this is great for me." USA Today Sports

June 17, 2014 Updates

"A great man once told me that this is my plane, I fly it where I want to fly it, I'll land it where I want to land it. I built it, and it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. If I want people on that plane, I'll put them on there. If not, this is my plane. For 'Melo and all of these other free agents, this is their plane. This is their time to fly wherever they want to fly. They can't let anybody or anything get in the way of doing what's best for them," Dwight Howard said. USA Today Sports

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Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books. Basketball Insiders

May 5, 2014 Updates

Casspi said he told his teammates: "Come get a different feel, be in Israel a little bit. Come see my country where I'm from. Kind of get better bonding as a team." And while no dates have been set yet, Casspi said a number of his Rockets teammates want to make the trip. "Dwight is definitely interested," Casspi said. "Chandler said he's interested. James said he's interested, Cisco. Me and Cisco are very close friends. Pat Beverley is going to come. So it's going to be fun." FOX 26 Sports

May 3, 2014 Updates

Lillard’s shot ruined a remarkable performance from the Rockets' pair of All-Stars. James Harden enjoyed his best game of the series by far, scoring a game-high 34 points while Dwight Howard tallied 26 – 13 of which came amid a breathtaking and heartbreaking fourth quarter for the Rockets. "It hurts," said a visibly distraught Howard after the game. "When you put everything you’ve got on the floor and somebody hits you with a dagger like that, it’s a tough pill to swallow.” NBA.com

April 29, 2014 Updates

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