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Dwight Howard is trading in his Los Angeles Lakers’ jersey for a new Houston Rockets uniform.

Just one year after moving to LA, the NBA all-star is chucking the deuces to the Lakers franchise. According to reports, he’s in the final stages of signing a new four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets.

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ESPN reports:

A Lakers source who was in the team’s pitch meeting last Tuesday, said they felt Howard had essentially “made up his mind” before even meeting with the Lakers and described him as “emotionless.”

“He would barely look us in the eye,” the source said.

Another Lakers source said “we felt like we were wasting our time” in the meeting.

Howard told an additional source that the main reason he’s leaving the Lakers is because he wasn’t comfortable playing for coach Mike D’Antoni, a source told ESPN.

Furthermore, Howard did not want to play 3-4 more years as a sidekick on Kobe Bryant’s team, a source told Broussard, especially in a D’Antoni system that would rely heavily on 39-year-old point guard Steve Nash.

The formal agreement is still in the works. TMZ reports that D12 can’t officially sign any deal until July 10.


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