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Done Deal! "Houston We Have Dwight Howard"

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Dwight Howard Makes it Official on Twitter@DwightHoward: I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best."

The following statement has been issued by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and posted on the team website tonight.

"We have been informed of Dwight's decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we're disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career."

Kobe Bryant on Instagram posted a picture of himself and Pau Gasol and said the following:

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#vamos #juntos #lakercorazon #vino

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USA Today first reported Howard's decision on Friday.

"He hopes to finalize his decision (Friday night) or (Saturday) morning," Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, told Yahoo! Sports.

Howard and his representatives still need to go through details of a proposed contract with the Rockets, with the possibility of a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers still on the table, according to multiple reports. The seven-time NBA All-Star is eligible for a four-year, $88 million maximum contract from the Rockets unless a sign-and-trade deal is finalized.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Howard still hasn't informed the Rockets of his decision and his final hesitancy centers on leaving a fifth guaranteed year and $30 million, which only the Lakers can offer him, on the negotiating table.

As late as Friday afternoon Howard was reportedly deciding between the Rockets and returning to the Lakers, where he played last season.

Howard had also listened to pitches from the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks.

Last summer, Howard left the Orlando Magic for Los Angeles in a blockbuster trade that made the Lakers an early-season favorite to get to the NBA Finals.

However, injuries, team chemistry and a coaching change doomed the Lakers from the start, and despite earning a playoff spot, they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

The Rockets, led by rising stars James Harden and Chandler Parsons, were the youngest team in the NBA last season. Houston lost in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

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