Dwight Howard was set to meet with his first suitor -- the Houston Rockets -- when he officially became a free agent at the stroke of midnight on July 1. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Howard in person moments prior to his meeting with the Rockets, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Now, the Lakers will not only get the "final" word with Howard during his free agency period, but Kupchak went out of his way to ensure they were first to make contact.
The legend of Mitch Kupchak the ninja lives on.
The Rockets did get to their meeting with Howard after his brief discussion with Kupchak, and they brought along Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, James Harden and Chandler Parsons for their presentation to Howard, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
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