Howard chooses Houston

McClatchy news servicesJuly 6, 2013 

Dwight Howard told the Los Angeles Lakers he was leaving. Then he told the team he changed his mind and might not be leaving.

Then, the NBA’s leading rebounder decided he was leaving after all.

After much wavering Friday, the 27-year-old All-Star forward said he will join the Houston Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.

“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets,” he wrote on Twitter. “I feel (it’s) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”

Howard, who averaged 17.1 points and a league-high 12.4 rebounds last season, could have earned $118 million on a five-year contract with the Lakers. He can sign a four-year contract with Houston for a maximum of $88 million.

USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets. That didn’t quite end the Howard saga, though. He spoke again with the Lakers amid reports he was changing his mind.

Ultimately, he confirmed that he would sign with Houston. The deal can’t become official until July 10.

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