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@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:27 AM) this dude's gun fired and all he got a misdemeanor at bush lol: http://abc13.com/new...ush-iah/815795/
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:26 AM) theres more articles all over, but the jist is houston (and texas) doesn't really arrest for it, they just recommend you leave it in your car when they catch it. So seems dwight got lucky he was in texas and not cali or the NE.
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:22 AM) honestly we should just be glad they caught it...
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:21 AM) response: http://nymag.com/dai...n_airplane.html
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 01:42 AM) one bullet left in the chamber is diff than fully loaded and ready to go. Still stupid...but not like he was prepared for a shooting spree.
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) http://www.tmz.com/2...t-get-arrested/
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) So according to TMZ (I know, I know) Dwight Howard had an incident last month in which he took a loaded gun into an airport, but he was allowed to give it to a friend to take it back and wasn't arrested.
@  jorgeaam : (31 August 2015 - 10:45 PM) The Los Angeles Rockets, lol
@  redfaithful : (31 August 2015 - 09:51 PM) Seems that Chuck is also on his way to the Clippers.
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) ill just leave this here...
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) http://www.timeandda...04&font=cursive
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) At least in my opinion.
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) I love having Terry. But the main factor was that New Orleans will NOT compete for a championship this year and the Rockets will.
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Things that make me like the JET even more
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Jason Terry said that he turned down a more lucrative deal from New Orleans in order to return to Houston.
@  clydesmoustache : (19 August 2015 - 08:32 AM) A year ago who would have thought I would be so happy to have Jason Terry on my team. Welcome back JET! Hurry up October!
@  cointurtlemoose : (19 August 2015 - 04:45 AM) Terry I love yooouuuuuuuuu
@  jorgeaam : (19 August 2015 - 02:38 AM) Yay Terry is back!
@  majik19 : (15 August 2015 - 09:33 PM) and i thought these shouts were limited to some number of characters!
@  thejohnnygold : (15 August 2015 - 02:23 PM) Ha, sorry for the wall of text...

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Dwight Howard's Future


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#1 majik19

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    Posted Yesterday, 09:28 PM

    There's been enough discussion in the "Roster" thread that I think it's time that this topic warrants its own thread.

     

    The Situation: Dwight Howard's contract ends at the end of this season. He can opt-in for next year for $23,282,457, or he can opt-out and hit the free agent market.

     

    The Free Agent Market: As we saw this year, the free agent market was insane (John Wall's comments about Reggie Jackson come to mind), and next year will be much the same with the cap jumping again. However, it will jump again the next season before settling out. 

     

    There was a lot of speculation this year that players would take one or two year deals so they could hit the market again when the cap went up again. Almost no one actually did that. 

     

    What should Dwight do:

    In my opinion, he should opt-out and resign a max contract at the new rate.

    It's risky for him to take a one or two year deal. He's played a lot of NBA games at this point - what if his knees or back don't hold up? Then he's missed out on the last three or four years of a max deal to get more short term salary, a net loss of likely something like 60-80 million dollars.

    The same risks apply if he opts-in, but he could opt-in and bank on himself to stay healthy for one more year and then get a max contract. Opting in and taking a one year deal is even riskier, and we saw almost no players do anything like that this year (even younger players). 

     

    What should the Rockets do: 

    Based on his playoff performance last year, I think we should resign him at the max if he opts out, even for 4 years. At the back end of the contract, that will hurt us, but at the front end, we get two more years of championship contender status. We probably fall back into the solid playoff team, but not championship contender, group without him.

    If he opts in, that gives us another year to evaluate him, both on level of performance and health. 

     

    Clint Capela could make a lot of this discussion moot. If Howard were to opt-in, and Capela proves himself to be a low level star, then maybe signing Howard will be unnecessary after next year. I doubt Capela gets the chance to prove himself this year.

     

    Donatas Motiejunas could also help out this situation. If he truly blossoms into a star, then maybe we would feel comfortable moving him to center and sharing minutes with Capela there. I think he's more effective with a true center next to him, but let's not forget how good the Rockets still were with Motiejunas playing C instead of Howard when Howard was hurt. 

     


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    #2 Losthief

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    Posted Yesterday, 11:24 PM

    Stats say DMOs good qualities get mitigated at center. But otherwise I agree. Anyways its a really a moot point, even if he opts out we'll have the money to spend on him and at least one more good quality piece. Only way I would let him walk is if Durant makes noise about coming here and we need the money for that.

     

    But long-term, I think winning would solve this. We get a ring, and I do not think Howard will want to leave/demand a raise.


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    #3 Buckko

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      Posted Today, 01:09 AM

      I think Dwight values happiness and wins over a few extra millions. He's loaded as it is and I can't see him leaving Houston which he made his home after everything he went through. He loves mchale and his teammates. I bet he also understands with his injury history, that his only shot at a championship is being on a deep roster and playing beside a top 5 player like harden. I expect dwight to take a deal with a similar amount of money he is getting right now with some more years for longterm security.


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      Posted Today, 04:16 AM

      I think Dwight values happiness and wins over a few extra millions. He's loaded as it is and I can't see him leaving Houston which he made his home after everything he went through. He loves mchale and his teammates. I bet he also understands with his injury history, that his only shot at a championship is being on a deep roster and playing beside a top 5 player like harden. I expect dwight to take a deal with a similar amount of money he is getting right now with some more years for longterm security.

      I agree. it seems as though everyone assumes D-12 only has 2 more years left in him. granted his game is a physical game and his athletic abilities will at some point decline, but it's not like he's going to fall off a cliff unless injuries dictate such. none of us can foresee his injury outlook. sure he has some miles on him, but does that guarantee injury? does it guarantee rapid decline? if we are able to rest D-12 more......give him some games off ie manage his minutes better because of the deepness of our bigs, any assumptions about how long he might last would be premature. there is no way to know without letting the situation play out and I'm 100% sure that's what Morey is thinking as well. to me that's a bridge a year down the road. no need to try and cross it now. sure it's good to have a plan, but any good plan has built in flexibility. Morey gets paid to make the tough calls and I trust that when the times comes he will weigh the facts and make that call in the best interest of the Rockets no matter the resulting fallout if there be any. my guess is D-12 has a lot of basketball left in him. he should have no problem getting 4 year near max deal especially if he's bargaining from the position of a championship


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      you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


      #5 Buckko

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        Posted Today, 04:20 AM

        I don't expect dwight getting the new 30m max.


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        #6 Losthief

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        Posted Today, 04:48 AM

        the money has to go somewhere. Is dwight still a top 30 player (one worth 30m to some team then)....i'd have to say yes most definitely. So him getting the 30m max is likely, whether we pay it is up in air. He's still a top 30 player in the league, thus a max player by the idea that some team out of the 30 will pay him.


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