HOUSTON (July 13, 2013)—The rockets formally introduced center Dwight Howard Saturday in Houston and Howard says he's looking forward to a "fresh start" with the team.
Howard spurned the Lakers to sign with the Rockets, and Saturdya he was greeted by some of the brightest stars in team history.
Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming were among those on hand to celebrate Howard's signing.
The Rockets gave him a four-year deal worth about $88 million, a year less and far below the $118 million the Lakers could have offered.
Howard joins a team starring James Harden that reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and battled back from a 3-0 deficit before being eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6.