On Friday, the Rockets finally hooked the biggest fish in the NBA’s free-agent pond. The challenge remained pulling him in, but after several agonizing hours, Dwight Howard was headed to Houston.

Howard had a decision to make and time was running out. He had all of the information from all those meetings in Los Angeles, but he just needed something, one last piece of evidence, to be at peace with his choice


Now that the dust has settled on Dwightmare 2.0, free agents are looking to wrap up their search of a new team. The most sobering truth of an NBA free-agency period is that it doesn't get more fun the longer it lasts.

The Sacramento Kings and Carl Landry have agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million that will bring the power forward back to California’s capital city. Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Saturday that final details of the contract were still being worked out and it could reach $27 million over the life of the deal.


Chris Paul has verbally agreed to a five-year, $107 million contract extension to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul can't sign his new contract until July 10 but could agree to terms as of 12:01 a.m. ET. He’ll earn $18.8 million in the first year of the deal.

Paul posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying “I’M IN!!! #CLIPPERNATION.” Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season and his decision to stay is the second big victory for the longtime losers in this offseason, following the signing of Doc Rivers as their new coach.


With all eyes on the wheeling and dealing going on in the NBA draft, the Nets pulled off the biggest trade of all. The Nets agreed to send Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks and first-round picks in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 NBA Draft to Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.

The package will likely be broken up into separate trades to meet league rules. The deal can't be made official by the NBA until July 10.


The Houston Rockets pulled out all of their tricks during their meeting with Los Angeles Lakers free agent Dwight Howard as free agency began in the wee hours of Monday morning. The Rockets did not get an answer from Dwight Howard and none was expected. They did, however, get just the questions that they hoped to receive.

After more than 2 ½ hours meeting with Howard and his representatives at the Bel-Air Hotel, the Rockets were encouraged by many things, but mostly that Howard’s interest seemed to be about the potential to win championships with the Rockets.


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