HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

July 25, 2014 Updates

Though roughly half the Rockets rotation will be overhauled, Rockets guard James Harden said the part that matters most – he and Dwight Howard – will be just fine no matter the “role players” put around them. Speaking at an appearance in The Philippines, Harden said the Rockets could replace “pieces” that have left, including Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. “Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” Harden said. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.” Houston Chronicle

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has sold his mansion-estate in Longwood, Fla., for $3.4 million. Howard, now in his second year with the Houston Rockets, paid $7.78 million for the lavish home known as Chateau D’Usse in October 2008, according to public records. He had asked for as much as $9.7 million for the property. Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2014 Updates
July 23, 2014 Updates

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

July 18, 2014 Updates
July 15, 2014 Updates

Amid growing speculation that the Rockets made Chandler Parsons a restricted free agent in an agreement with agent Dan Fegan when Dwight Howard, also a Fegan client, signed with the Rockets, Parsons said he knew of no such deal. “I’m my own player. Dwight’s his own player,” Parsons said. “I guess it might work like that in the NBA, but I don’t know if there’s side deals like that in the NBA. It was nothing like that with me. It was about them wanting to have the matching rights. They didn’t want me to be an unrestricted free agent.” Houston Chronicle

July 8, 2014 Updates

The Rockets’ pitch to Bosh centered on his defense and how he would mesh with Howard on that end, per a source familiar with the matter. Houston reassured Bosh that he is an underrated defender — that all the loudmouths who deride him as “soft” conveniently miss him chasing pick-and-rolls 30 feet from the hoop, creating turnovers with his long arms, and fighting hard in the post. Grantland

July 7, 2014 Updates
July 2, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: Dwight Howard on meeting with Carmelo: "just told him whatever decision he makes is going to be for him. Ask God 2give u the right insight take your time and make your decision. Whatever he decides is going to be the right decision for him. Regardless of what happens he's a great person. He would be a great guy for our team." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

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

July 1, 2014 Updates

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