Updates From Aspen: Will Dwight Howard make a decision today?

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All day long, this page will be updated with the latest news and rumors regarding Dwight Howard’s decision. He is expected to make a decision today, though he could take longer to choose where he wants to sign. 

7:59 pm PST: Dwight released a statement on Twitter, announcing his signing with the Rockets:

[pullquote]”I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its 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.”[/pullquote]

7:25 pm PST: Mitch Kupchak announces on the team website that it’s official – Howard will sign with the Rockets:

[pullquote]”We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”[/pullquote]

2:55 pm PST: Dwight Howard is heading to Houston, per Sam Amick.

2:38 pm PST: David Alridge reports that the Lakers have fallen behind the Warriors and Rockets in the Howard chase after Golden State acquired Iguodala.

Who knows if this is true, or if it’s Dwight and the Warriors using their leverage with the Lakers to get a sign-and-trade deal done by tricking L.A. into thinking Houston has a chance to sign him, leaving the Lakers with nothing.

2:25 pm PST: Wojnarowski reports that before the Warriors pulled off the big trade for Iggy, Dwight was down to two teams: the Lakers and Rockets. Has Dwight’s stance changed since Golden State landed Iguodala? That’s unclear right now.

In other news, the Mavs and Hawks have both been informed that they’re now out of the race.

1:40 pm PST: The Warriors moved the contracts of Jefferson and Biedrins to the Jazz and then signed Andre Iguodala. They now are ready to offer Andrew Bogut and either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes to the Lakers for Howard, per Ken Berger.

However, a source also told Berger that Houston still looks like the probable destination for Dwight.

11:21 am PST: Uh, so yeah…Janis Carr tweeted half an hour later that her initial post was “premature” and there’s “no need to sit on Twitter this weekend” – whatever that means.

Can this whole thing just end, please?

10:52 am PST: Dwight Howard has made a decision and will announce it via Twitter “sometime this weekend” according to Janis Carr.

9:54 am PST: Marc Stein says “more and more” people around the NBA today are saying that the Rockets are in the lead to land Dwight Howard. However, Stein also points out that nobody wants to say they’re “sure” that Howard will go to Houston.

Basically, this is another update that isn’t an update – Howard is still up in Aspen with his agents, so at this point, we still don’t know what he’s going to do.

7:30 am PST: Adrian Wojnarowski chimes in with what’ll likely be just a couple of his many Dwight Howard tweets today. Woj claims that the Lakers are still “prominent” in Howard’s mind, meaning they are still a real option to him, while the Rockets are a strong contender to land him. The Warriors, as Woj puts it, are “lurking”.

Wojnarowski also points out that while Howard hopes to make a decision today, he can find it hard to make a choice, so there’s no assurances that this will all be over by the day is out.

THIS MORNING: Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that the Warriors are looking to move expiring contracts even if Howard isn’t interested in signing with them. According to Berger, Dwight hasn’t given any indication as to what he’s going to do yet, and if he chooses to sign elsewhere, the Golden State will look to use their cap space to sign a guy like Andre Iguodala.

LAST NIGHT: ESPN reported that the Lakers may have fallen as low as fourth on Dwight’s list, and so the Lakers were contemplating sign-and-trade scenarios.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of Lakerholicz.com. He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering