Where will Dwight Howard land in this offseason? The future of the Houston Rockets’ center is uncertain. But Howard has plans of changing his agent and is eager to hire Shaquille O’Neal’s agent, Perry Rogers as his new representative.
Rogers doesn’t have any NBA clients as of now. He has established his reputation as tennis star Andre Agassi’s agent, as reports the Real GM.
But Rogers can file official papers with the NBA Players Association as soon as Friday. Howard is set to become a free agent in this offseason and after failing to adjust with the Houston Rockets, is eyeing a long-term deal.
Howard and Shaq had a feud in the past and both had the same “Superman” moniker in the NBA. Howard was publicly mocked by O’Neal for using the “Superman” moniker. They both left the Orlando Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle of their careers.
After years of feud, future hall of fame center Shaq is partnering with Dwight Howard, according to the Vertical.
The potential of marketing Howard and O’Neal in advertisements together triggered the move, sources revealed. According to Howard it was O’Neal who encouraged the idea.
“(O’Neal) reached out to me (weeks ago) and felt like this could be something that could really help me in my future,” Howard told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “We talked, more so about basketball. And then we started talking about agents and all that stuff.
“He said, ‘Hey, I’ve got somebody who really helped change my life and really sculptured the Shaq that you see today.’ He introduced me to Perry. Perry came down to Houston. We had a really good conversation. It was a decision I made on my own. That’s why I liked it, because I decided to make it. There wasn’t anybody who was around, anybody who could say, ‘Yo, what do you think?’ I went with what I felt was right (for) me.” The Rockets’ center also added.
30-year-old Howard featured in 57 games for the Rockets this season. He averaged 14.7 points and 12 rebounds in his 12th NBA season. The Rockets were involved in trade talks regarding Howard but backed out just before the February 17 trade deadline. Howard has an opt-out clause in his contract for next season and he is set to become a free agent this summer.