The Dwight Howard lottery has a winner: the Houston Rockets.
The NBA superstar announced his decision via Twitter Friday evening (July 5), calling H-Town the "best place" for him.
"I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets," Howard wrote (@DwightHoward). "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."
Howard is expected to sign a free-agent contract with the Rockets, after the league lifts its moratorium on player business Wednesday (July 10).
He tells ESPN the Rockets are his best chance at winning his first NBA title, his main priority. "[A championship is] the priority. That's the priority. [Shoot], I'm betting $30 million on it," Howard said, referencing the money he'll leave on the table in Los Angeles when he heads to Texas.
The Lakers could have given Howard a five-year deal worth $118 million while Houston can offer $88 million over four years.
"I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction -- they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin McHale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to. That was mainly the big reason right there, and having the opportunity to grow with a team, a young team, like the Rockets. That's the reason why [I decided to leave]."
Howard spent just one season with the Lakers, averaging 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 games. But, as basketball fans already know, the team fell short in the playoffs following a tough season, in which Kobe Bryant went down with injury.