HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — If you read the tea leaves properly, the way most people did, Dwight Howard choosing the Houston Rockets wasn’t much of a surprise.
That doesn’t make it any easier for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors or Atlanta Hawks to get through the first 48 of the free-agent signing period. Not when they all dreamed about Howard picking them.
But as Sam Amick of USA Today Sports (the man who broke the Howard story last Friday night) explains on Episode 125 of the Hang Time Podcast, it was Houston all the way for Howard … no waffle!
The impact of his choice on the rest of those teams and other free agents was swift, save for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who had already made his mind up by the time Howard selected the Rockets. Once Howard’s business was done, though, it set off a weekend of activity that saw almost all of the big names agree to deals before the sun went down Sunday night.
Join us as we dissect those moves, the fearlessness of Celtics boss Danny Ainge, the pickle that Mavs owner Mark Cuban is in with Dirk Nowitzki after two straight summers of missed free-agent opportunities, celebrate Independence Day in the Bahamas, chart our winners and losers, debate the best (and worst) moves of the summer and plenty more on Episode 125 of the Hang Time Podcast: Featuring Sam Amick of USA Today Sports …
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