HOUSTON -- Dwight Howard doesn't want anyone getting the impression that his free agency this past summer came down to a Texas showdown between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
Howard eventually chose to sign a four-year, $88 million free agent contract with the Rockets after also checking out overtures from the Mavs, the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors.
Asked after Monday's shoot around at the Toyota Center did it come down to a two-man race between the Mavs and Rockets, Howard said: "No. No sir.''
Asked if the Mavs finished third or fourth, Howard said: "It doesn’t matter now.''
Howard, though, walked away impressed wiht the Mavs' presentation which was headed by owner Mark Cuban and forward Dirk Nowitzki.
"Dallas was very intriguing,'' Howard said. "Mark and Dirk were great salesmen.
"Two great cities. I’m a country boy at heart, so Dallas and Houston were two great places to choose
from. I just felt like this was a great situation for me.''
-- Dwain Price
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