5 Big Deals Now That Howard Is In Houston.
5 Big Deals getting done now that Dwight Howard left the Lakers for the Houston Rockets.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: After Howard told LA he was heading to Houston, the NBA erupted in a number of deals. Here's the lowdown on 5 big deals that hinged on Dwight's decision.
Unless you've bee living under a rock you know, Dwight Howard left the Los Angeles Lakers and an additional $30 million on the table to head to the Houston Rockets. This monumental decision was the linchpin in a number of teams decisions on who they were going to go after this offseason. Just days after Howard's decision deals are getting done fast and furious.
#5 Devin Harris signs with the Dallas Mavericks.
Since the Mavs didn't land Dwight Howard as they were hoping (this was a long shot), they now are in lockdown mode. They don't need all that extra money Howard demanded and need to grab the best talent they can that's still on the table. This meant signing Devin Harris yesterday to a 3-year $9 million contract.
#4 Lakers won't use amnesty provision on Pau Gasol.
One of the most direct consequences of Dwight Howard going to Houston Rockets is that the Lakers are now without a true center. This means Gasol will slide from power forward to center and Los Angeles will not exercise their amnesty provision on the last year of Gasol's contract which is for $19.3 million. Howard just gave Gasol a whole lot of job security, at least for one year.
#3 Omer Asik wants out of Houston.
The center for the Houston Rockets prior to Howard's arrival was Omer Asik. He started all 82-games for the Rockets last season and put up the very respectable numbers of 10.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, and 2.7 BPG. He has made it very openly known that he has no desire to play beside Howard or as his backup. He is demanding a sign-and-trade deal to get out of Houston. This may prove difficult since he is owed $20 million over the next two season that might be more than some teams are willing to stomach.
#2 Josh Smith lands with the Detroit Pistons.
This was a surprising deal that went down less than 24-hours after Howard signed with Houston. Most experts were expecting the Houston Rockets to get Josh Smith in a sign-and-trade deal, but they missed out. Smith signed with the Pistons to the tune of 4-year $56 million and leaves Howard wondering if Houston will really have the weaponry to make a run at a championship without Smith.
#1 Andre Iguodala goes to the Golden State Warriors.
This is a great acquisition for 4 years at $48 million. Iguodala is one of the leagues best perimeter defenders and can also put up solid offensive numbers. Golden State had been a late comer to the Dwight Howard fiasco, but apparently truly impressed the big-man with their pitch and were in the running. After Howard went to Houston, Golden State snatched up Iguodala without a second thought. His athleticism will fit in well in Golden State and the fact that he can get his own shot is huge.