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Reports: Howard picks Rockets

But agent for Lakers’ star center says no decision made

From Wire ReportsJuly 5, 2013 

Conflicting media reports late Friday say Lakers free agent Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets.

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— Multiple media outlets reported that Dwight Howard agreed to join the Houston Rockets, but in a curious twist, his agent denied a deal was done and the Los Angeles Lakers still had not been told of Howard’s decision as of late Friday afternoon.

USA Today Sports broke the initial story that Howard would sign a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets, leaving the Lakers after one season. ESPN and Yahoo! Sports followed it up with confirmations.

Howard was leaning strongly toward the Rockets earlier Friday but hesitated because of the “enormous financial implications” he would lose by going to Houston, even though the state of Texas offers more favorable tax scenarios.

Howard, 27, could sign for five years and $118 million with the Lakers or four years and $88 million with anybody else.

“He hasn’t finalized his decision, but we hope and expect him to make a decision today or tomorrow,” said Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent.

Howard narrowed down his choices Friday to the Lakers and Rockets after also meeting with Dallas, Atlanta and Golden State.

Sources: Warriors acquire Iguodala

The Golden State Warriors reached an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala on a $48 million, four-year deal Friday, two sources said.

One source said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks.

While the Warriors had hoped to sign Dwight Howard, the team was informed by the seven-time All-Star he would not be signing with them.

Source: 76ers acquire White from Rockets

A source tells The AP the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White.

The 76ers also acquired the rights to 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir. The Sixers will send Houston future considerations.

Clippers and Barnes agree to three-year deal

Free-agent Matt Barnes agreed to a deal allowing the small forward to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Barnes will sign a three-year deal worth about $11 million, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly. The first two years of the contract will be guaranteed, the executives said.

Knicks lose Copeland to Pacers

The Knicks are going to lose free-agent forward Chris Copeland to the team that eliminated them from the playoffs.

The Indiana Pacers will sign Copeland to a two-year, $6-million offer sheet, his agent John Spencer said Friday. Both years are fully guaranteed.

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