December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reaches for a rebound during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Warriors, Rockets Now Favorites For Dwight Howard

It was reported by Yahoo Sports moments ago that the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were in the lead for the services of Dwight Howard prior to the Warriors acquisition of Andre Iguodala, but that no longer apperas to be the case according to’s David Aldridge.

The long time NBA scribe is now reporting that Howard has flip flopped the Warriors and Lakers, moving the Warriors along with the Rockets into the top two:

Source says Howard’s top two, after trade, are–in no order of preference–Golden State and Houston. Lakers not eliminated, but now behind.

While that’s fine and dandy, the Lakers still hold the cards in a situation with the Warriors. After acquiring Iguodala, the Warriors no longer have any cap room to sign Howard so they’ll need the help of the Lakers to sign and trade Howard assuming that situation every came to light.

The Houston Rockets on the other hand do have enough money (though, not the max) to sign Howard but they too may opt for a sign and trade with the Lakers if Howard was to pick Houston.

Whatever the case, at least for now, the Rockets and now Warriors are leading the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.

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