After meeting with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and hometown Atlanta Hawks, Howard went to Colorado on Tuesday to weigh his choices and make a decision.
A seven-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA team selection, five-time All-Defensive member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records. This, after the Orlando MAgic made him the #1-overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal.
Two years later, he led the Orlando Magic to miraculous run to the NBA Finals, where they fell in 5 games to the LA Lakers.
After multiple trade requests and clashes with Stan Van Gundy, Howard was traded to the Lakers in 2012, where he attempted to team up with Steve nash and Kobe Bryant and eventually resign and form a super-team that would contend with the Miami Heat’s Big 3, but injuries and a coaching change left a bad taste in Howard’s mouth, and he’ll now be taking his talents to Houston.
Howard finished the 2012-13 NBA season with his lowest scoring average since his second year in the NBA, and he made under 50% of his free throws for the second straight year. He did manage to lead the NBA in rebounding and ranked second in field goal percentage.
He missed six games due to a torn labrum.