The trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets before the start of the season was absolutely shocking. It came out of nowhere. Suddenly, the lowly Rockets were catapulted into the Western Conference’s playoff picture, beating a plethora of good teams throughout the season and even took the Thunder to 6 games in the playoffs.
Led by Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and the emerging Chandler Parsons, the Rockets are a young team on the rise who are suddenly a pretty attractive destination to free agents, and there’s one big free agent who Houston are especially keen to get their hands on: Dwight Howard.
The Rockets could actually put together a pretty good pitch to try and lure Dwight to Houston, which is something that we’ll cover at a later date in more detail, but sometimes the best pitch for a team can be delivered by a player, so don’t be surprised if Harden sends Dwight a text or two within the next few weeks.
Harden will likely be just one of many players around the league who will reach out to Dwight and try to influence his decision. For example, Kobe Bryant said in his exit interview that he’ll invite Dwight over to his house to watch movies and discuss Howard’s future, while D12’s childhood friend, Josh Smith, will probably deliver a similar pitch of his own.