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Dwight Howard Buzz 7.3.13: Rockets favored by oddsmakers

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The latest, greatest and, in most cases, lamest updates on the continuing race for Dwight Howard.

Update Wednesday, 10 a.m. ET:

  • Ken Berger of reports Howard and his team are headed to either Colorado or Montana to ponder the decision, and that Howard will not be hosting a television show a la "The Decision'' to announce where he's going.
  • The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets discussed keeping Howard involved in front-office decisions because that's obviously a great idea.

On Tuesday, Howard finished his free agency meetings with the Mavericks in the morning and Lakers in the afternoon. No decision is expected until at least later this year week:

  • still lists the Rockets as the favorite for Howard at 7-5, with the Lakers at 9-5, Mavericks at 3-1, Hawks at 19-2, and Golden State 10-1.
  • The Mavericks brought coach Rick Carlisle, forward Dirk Nowitzki, GM Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban to pitch Howard on Tuesday morning. The meeting reportedly lasted three hours.
  • Staples Center-owning entity AEG brought a representative to the Lakers meeting, another sign of the awesome financial power behind the Lakers.
  • Steve Nash and Mike D'Antoni were among those at the meeting, which is odd considering the reportedly strained relationship between D'Antoni and Dwight.
  • Nash: "I thought it was a very productive meeting. We talked about last year and how it can be built on"
  • The Lakers released a statement after the meeting, because this whole thing wasn't bizarre enough.
“Jim Buss, Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters. At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career. We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”
  • Jack Nicholson was part of a video pitch to Howard from various celebrities.
  • And now ... we wait.
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