Dwight Howard is headed to Houston to join the Rockets according to multiple reports that came out on Friday. Howard is in the process of finalizing the details of his contract, sources confirmed to Ken Berger of CBSSports.
Two league sources confirm @sam_amick report that Dwight Howard has chosen to sign with the Houston Rockets.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 5, 2013
Howard should make an official, public announcement by Friday night or Saturday morning.
Howard joins superstar shooting guard James Harden in a high-octane system that ranked second in the NBA in scoring (106.0 ppg) last season.
Howard spent his first eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, he was traded to the Lakers as the key piece in a four-team deal. The assumption was the Lakers had found a long-term franchise piece to assume the burden of being the face of their franchise after Kobe Bryant retires, but Howard has gone another direction, leaving the Lakers with their hat in their hands.
Howard, 28, averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 76 games last season for the Lakers.