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Details on Rockets GM Wanting to Phase Dwight Howard Out Last Season

dwight howardThe Rockets saw the writing on the wall long before their enigmatic center Dwight Howard left Houston for “A” during the offseason and according to a report by ESPN, tried to cut phase out his role during the season in favor of first round pick Clint Capela.

Houston Rockets management repeatedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more playing time at the expense of Dwight Howard last season, sources told ESPN, adding to the disharmony that played a prominent role in the team’s disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

Former Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff resisted complying with the wishes of general manager Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander regarding a drastic reduction in Howard’s playing time. Team sources said Alexander never participated in the meetings with Morey and Bickerstaff but fully supported the general manager’s plan to prioritize Capela’s development.

League sources said input from face-of-the-franchise James Harden heavily influenced Houston management’s desire to decrease Howard’s minutes. However, team sources insisted that Harden was not involved in those discussions.

Howard’s once promising career has become a downward spiral since relations soured in Orlando and he left for the bright lights of LA.  Maybe his Atlanta homecoming with help revitalize what has become a disappointing waste of talent.