Since news of transfers had been swirling around for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, another free agent, Dwight Howard has been in the spotlight if he would be giving a hand in recruiting some of the best players to the Houston Rockets. A lot of other teams had been selling their team to free agents hoping that the best would pick them as a candidate. But Howard has already informed that he won’t get involved in the process. He respects the decisions made by the other free agents.
It has been said that when Howard became a free agent in the summer of 2013, he had options to stay with Lakers under a five years for $118 million or he could leave and received four years for $88 million from other teams. He still opted to leave. He had struggled with his decision to be a free agent that he even went out of town to Aspen, Colorado just to clear his mind.
It was in early July when he met with NBA teams from Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks. But it was with Houston Rockets that he signed a contract with last July 13, 2013.
Even though the likes of James and Anthony can bring the Rockets to the top, but the decision must come from the agents themselves and not because they had convinced him to chose his team. He knew how it felt to be besieged with all the information, opinions and decision making that the free agents had to make and that could be the reason why he opted not to interfere.
According to Howard “A great man once told me that this is my plane, I fly it where I want to fly it, I’ll land it where I want to land it.” He added “I built it, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. If I want people on that plane, I’ll put them on there. If not, this is my plane. For ‘Melo and all of these other free agents, this is their plane. This is their time to fly wherever they want to fly. They can’t let anybody or anything get in the way of doing what’s best for them.”