Leaving L.A.: Howard says he’ll sign with Houston

Associated Press

A person familiar with the details says the Houston Rockets have been informed that Dwight Howard will sign with them.

The All-Star center is leaving Los Angeles after one season, the Lakers confirmed Friday night.

In a statement, general manager Mitch Kupchak says, “We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”

The person told The Associated Press that the next stop would be Houston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Howard hasn’t made his plans public.

USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets, where he would join All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination.

Mavs, Calderon agree

The Dallas Mavericks moved quickly once they were out of the running for Howard.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Dallas and free agent point guard Jose Calderon have an agreement on a four-year, $28 million contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because free agent contracts can’t be discussed publicly before Wednesday, when they can first be signed.

A starting point guard was the top priority for Dallas after the pursuit of Howard. The Mavericks were among five teams pursuing the free agent center, but owner Mark Cuban said Friday he was told Dallas was out of the running.

Calderon spent his first seven years with Toronto before the Raptors traded him to Detroit in January.

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