Dwight Howard in action for the Houston Rockets.
May 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is fouled during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Clippers 113-100 to win the series 4-3. Reuters/Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Respected National Basketball Association (NBA) journalist Chris Sheridan reported on Wednesday (Thursday in Australia) that Dwight Howard was unhappy playing for the Houston Rockets and that he wanted out of the team as soon as possible. Howard, however, denied the report stressing on the fact that he is happy to be playing for Houston and sees himself nowhere else.

With the Houston franchise currently struggling in the current season, Rockets may have been willing to see Howard move to a new team rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

"I haven't said anything to anybody about anything. People make up lies and rumors. That's never been my focus." Howard said to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Howard emphasised his want to stay in Houston and chose to stick his guns out for the team, which is struggling at the moment with a 13-14 win-loss record so far in the 2015-2016 NBA Season. Howard helped his team to conference finals in his second year with Houston and had a respectable run with the team since he joined the team in the 2013-2014 season.

This seems to be a déjà vu of Howard’s time with the Orlando Magic. Although reportedly unhappy in the latter part of his Magic stint, the big man insisted that he wanted to stay with the Florida franchise. However, despite Orlando sacking coach Stan Van Gundy to convince Howard, the latter demanded a trade and was dealt to the Lakers in a three-team deal that also involved the Philadelphia 76ers.

“I want us to win. We had two upsetting losses. We’re all frustrated because we know we can play better. I haven’t said anything to any reporter or to anybody about being unhappy.” Howard told USA TODAY.

Howard currently averages 12.7 points per game on a meager 8.3 shots per game. Both numbers are career-lows since his rookie season.

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