Oh, the drama. There was a lot of it in Los Angeles and Houston as Friday night turned into Saturday morning, and there's no better place to start than SB Nation's blogs for each team, Silver Screen and Roll for Lakers fans, and The Dream Shake for Rockets fans.
The reaction from Patrick Harrel at The Dream Shake was pretty subdued, but the comments section was anything but:
And so on, for 1,300 comments and counting.
A bit earler, the mood was a bit different, as Howard was reportedly 50-50 between the two teams:
This isn't happening. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) July 6, 2013
But things worked out:
.@DwightHoward's avatar. Like the change.— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) July 6, 2013
The Lakers must move on without Howard, who less than a full year ago was one of the biggest acquisitions in Lakers history. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash remain as the trio that Mitch Kupchak will have to build around, and there's no telling what's next for Los Angeles.
The comments section was not particularly fond of Howard, as you might expect.
At least they weren't taken by surprise:
All but one of our writers on Silver Screen predicted Dwight Howard would join Houston.— Drew Garrison (@DrewGarrisonSBN) July 6, 2013
But it was still disappointing:
Would've never guess Andrew Bynum's career with the Lakers would end vastly superior to Dwight Howard's.— Drew Garrison (@DrewGarrisonSBN) July 6, 2013
Drew eventually decided on drinking a very, very good beer.
As for other teams: The Warriors swung and missed on Dwight, but connected on Andre Iguodala, so the mood at Golden State of Mind wasn't too somber, as you can see from their list of 12 reasons to love the Iguodala acquisition:
In sum: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Bravo Bob Myers, you magnificent magician. And good luck with the D12 show, Houston.
The Dallas Mavericks were one of the first to learn they were bumped from the Dwight sweepstakes. But that wasn't much of a surprise, as Mavs Moneyball wrote:
The Mavericks dreamed big, and had they succeeded, it would have been fantastic... But it's deeply, deeply disingenuous for anyone to pretend that its ultimate failure had to do with the unforeseeable. It just didn't.
The last team Dwight was considering, and to many the least likely option, were the Atlanta Hawks, his hometown squad. Peachtree Hoops seemed to be okay with the fact that Dwight had left them in the running for so long.
There should be no conspiracy theories like a phony moon landing type deal when it comes to this. Just because our man Arye Abraham didn't catch Danny Ferry crossing the street in Dad jeans on video like Rockets GM Daryl Morey doesn't mean they weren't out there with Dwight and Andre Iguodala.
Like the other teams, they responded with signings, grabbing Paul Millsap and less notably Demarre Carroll.