Dwight Howard says Stan Van Gundy suggested to him during the free agency process that he should sign with the Houston Rockets.

Howard ultimately did sign with the Rockets, leaving a more lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Van Gundy coached Howard on the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012.

Howard and Van Gundy had their differences in the two's last season with the Magic in 2011-12, but both have said they maintain a friendship.