Eight-time NBA All-Star and Houston Rockets star center Dwight Howard is set to name his new agent as the 2016 Free Agency draws near. It is mentioned in a previous report that Howard fired his agent Dan Fegan last Feb. 26 and has been looking for a replacement ever since.
According to multiple NBA sources, the 30-year-old will name Shaquille O’Neal’s agent, Perry Rogers, as his new representative. Sams Charania of The Vertical noted in his report that Rogers can file an official paperwork to the National Basketball Players Association as early as March 18.
Rogers is known in the sports world for his longtime association with tennis legend Andre Agassi. He is also the president of PR Partners Inc. that represents several athletes. It includes NBA players such as Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors.
It is quite surprising that Howard and O’Neal will be setting aside their public feud. It started when the media started calling the Houston center, “Superman.” Sources said that Shaq had previous conversations with Howard about a potential business partnership surrounding the “Superman” name as well as future advertisements.
The two basketball behemoths both started their NBA careers with the Orlando Magic and were able to lead them to the NBA Finals. They also left the Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers in their respective careers.
However, Howard’s career did not have the same trajectory as Shaq’s legendary one. He left the Lakers after one year and joined James Harden in Houston last 2013. He helped the Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals last season but lost to the Golden State Warriors.
It is rumored that Howard was involved in trade discussions this past deadline and is set to opt-out of his contract to become a free agent this summer. On the other hand, O’Neal is a four-time NBA champion. He will also be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this coming September.
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