November 18, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) guards Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) in the first half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Dwight Howard joins Houston Rockets; Rockets look to Trade for Josh Smith

The Dwightmare is finally over. Dwight Howard is reportedly going to negotiate a long-term deal with the Houston Rockets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Howard’s decision has not officially been announced as of yet, but USA Today Sports and Yahoo! Sports have both reported that Howard will sign with the Rockets. With that, he will leave thousands of already hostile fans in Los Angeles and many other teams hanging on the hook.

Howard’s services were sought out by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks. Howard will go to Houston to play along with James Harden and company.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Rockets’ center Omer Asik has no interest in playing with Dwight Howard or playing along side Howard. Asik will likely be traded because of this. There was a rumor that the Rockets were also looking to pair Howard along with Josh Smith.

Windhorst also says that the Rockets will look to put Asik in a sign-and-trade deal for Smith. Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin does not necessarily have to be apart of the deal for Hawks to agree to the terms.

The Houston Rockets have now landed two star players within the past year and will likely look for ways to add one more–whether that is Josh Smith or another player from next year’s free agency class.

This has been Daryl Morey’s plan from the start and now its finally coming into fruition. The Oklahoma City Thunder have to be upset with how things are playing out. They have now given another team a chance to compete against them with their duo of star players in the playoffs.

The Thunder now have only Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams as a result of the deal–Kevin Martin verbally agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week.

The Rockets should now catapult in the Western Conference standings and be considered one of the top three teams in the conference. This has been a great run for Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. Congratulations on landing Dwight Howard.

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