Dwight Howard informed the Houston Rockets Friday night he will sign with them.
Howard's decision means he will get a four-year deal from the Rockets worth $88 million, far less than the five-year
contract worth $118 million he could have received from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Howard confirmed his decision on Twitter.
"I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets," Howard wrote on Twitter. "I feel (it's) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season."
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey could not agree more.
"He spent the time he needed to sit down and really consider all the teams," Morey said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports from Los Angeles.
"We felt we had a great case, that we were the best team for him to win, and I'm glad he agreed."
As you might imagine, Morey really enjoyed his phone call with Dwight Howard Friday night when the seven-time NBA All-Star called to let him know he was joining the Rockets.
"I don't know who was more excited, I think me," Morey said laughing. "He's just ready to go to work.
"He's ready to create a winner in Houston and I'm excited for him to have a smile on his face while he's playing again. It's been a couple of years since I felt like he's enjoyed going out and winning basketball games."
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons took part in the Rockets' meeting with Howard and his agents on Sunday.
He told FOX 26 Sports by phone from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico he is thrilled with Howard's decision.
"I'm excited," Parsons said. "I'm excited for the future. I'm excited for this season.
"I'm excited for training camp, just to get there. I know with what we have, we have an immediate chance of winning. Obviously, I've been talking to Dwight a lot, the last month or so, and I he think he made the best decision possible. I think we have a chance to be really good together.
Parsons said Howard will come to training camp on a mission.
"He's the best center in the NBA when he's healthy, and talking to him he feels like he's 100 percent healthy" Parsons said.
"He's got a chip on his shoulder. He wants to prove to everybody that he's the best center."
Yao Ming joined Parsons in the Rockets' meeting with Howard on Skype from Beijing and told FOX 26 Sports in a telephone interview from Shanghai, China he is very happy for his former team.
"He is the most dominant center in the league right now, couple times defender of the year (3 times), (made) first-team defense (4 times)," Yao said.
"He will release the pressure from James (Harden)."
Yao spoke in the meeting with Howard about the long tradition the Rockets have had with great big men, and in his interview with FOX 26 Yao said Howard will fit right in with that group.
"I know the Rockets have a tradition of big men," Yao said. "That's the feel I had when I came to town and I hope he has the same."