NBA Notes: Howard to Rockets; Iggy to Warriors

NBA Notes: Howard to Rockets; Iggy to Warriors
July 5, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Dwight Howard played one season with the Lakers, as did Andre Iguodala with the Nuggets. (USA Today Images)

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Dwight Howard says he is signing with the Houston Rockets.

The All-Star center posted a message on Twitter on Friday night saying he thought Houston was "the best place for me."

"I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season," he added.

The Lakers confirmed earlier Friday that Howard would be leaving after one season.

"We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Warriors: Iguodala, Golden State reach deal
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two people with knowledge of the situation say the Golden State Warriors and free agent Andre Iguodala have reached an agreement on a $48 million, four-year deal.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday because NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10. One said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets last season. He spent his first eight years in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Pelicans: Eric Gordon: 'I'm all in'
The New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans), once a laughing point in the league, have made power moves this offseason to assemble a playoff-caliber team.

And with those changes comes a new thought process for guard Eric Gordon.

Gordon, who wanted out of New Orleans when he was a restricted free agent last offseason, now expects to be back next year with the Pelicans, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via ProBasketballTalk).

The dynamic scorer has been plagued by injuries ( he played 51 games over last two seasons), but wants to bring his scoring touch back to New Orleans and suit up with fellow guards Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

Holiday was dealt from the Sixers at the NBA draft, and Evans has reportedly joined the Pelicans in a three-team trade. The two guards combined to score 32.9 points per game last year.

Gordon has been friends with Holiday and Evans from their days playing AAU basketball, and said there's a "good to great chance" he'll be back in New Orleans.

Bobcats: Tyrus Thomas will be amnestied
Tyrus Thomas, his subpar play and his massive cap hit will no longer hang over the Bobcats' heads.

According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, via ProBasketballTalk, Thomas will be amnestied by Charlotte in order to create the cap room to sign former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson.

Thomas progressively dipped into no-man's land as a Bobcat, going from a promising big man to a forward making big money and not holding up his end of the deal with solid play.

The 26-year-old, who averaged just 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 2012-13, is still scheduled to make $18,082,645 over the next two seasons, but that total will not count against the Bobcats' cap.

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