The Houston Rockets biggest objective last offseason was to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. They loaded up on first-round draft picks and tried to make a run at landing him. This offseason, it’s the same goal but a different approach as the Rockets top target once free agency starts on July 1 will be Dwight Howard.
This time around though the Rockets are preparing a generous cash offer to Howard directly rather than trying to put together a package of picks and players that appease the team he’s under contract with. But according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets view head coach Kevin McHale as a key player in pitching Dwight Howard the idea of playing in Houston.
Why is Kevin McHale off limits to Celts in their coaching search? One reason, I’m told: Rockets see McHale as a key to Dwight Howard pitch
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2013
Boston needs a head coach but Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics may be looking at younger coaches and won’t take on a seasoned veteran like McHale even if he has extremely deep ties with the ball club.
McHale would have been a nice option but he’s got a really good thing going for him in Houston as Dwight Howard coming to the team currently in place means the Rockets are instantly favorites in the Western Conference. They gave the defending conference champions a run for their money this postseason and the future seems bright in Houston.
A future that includes Kevin McHale.