The Houston Rockets are one of the possible destination spots for center Dwight Howard, and it's the thought by many that he'll leave the Los Angeles Lakers to join a young Western Conference team that's on the rise.
Rockets' small forward Chandler Parsons recently spoke with the Houston Chronicle, and offered insight on his role in trying to recruit Howard. He said that he talks with Howard on a daily basis via text messaging, and hinted to having a strong bond with the Lakers' center.
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"I talk to Dwight every day," Parsons said. "I've created a relationship with him, where I feel like we're very close. He hits me up about everything. I've covered pretty much every question he's had. I basically tell him, 'We have a chance to be really good without you next year. We're going to have a good season. Why not come and join us, join our core guys who are for sure to be here and make us great, make us contend for a championship?'
Parsons is a part of the nucleus in Houston, and it's the hopes of the Rockets that his relationship with Howard can intrigue him to join with the team over the summer.
Previous reports suggested the Rockets plan to offer a sign-and-trade to the Lakers which will ship Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to Los Angeles in exchange for Howard.
The Rockets will have the cap space to sign Howard outright after the expected shedding of Thomas Robinson's contract, but sources say that the Rockets will certainly attempt to convince the Lakers to take in return Asik and Lin in a sign-and-trade deal for Howard, thus theoretically keeping alive the possibility that Houston could preserve its cap space to pursue Chris Paul and possibly pair Howard with Paul.