Will it bring happiness?
That's the big question. If you call making obscene money and choosing your new home happiness, then Howard and the Rockets should be fine. We haven't seen a happy Howard for some time, but the production remained despite the sorrow of being a world-famous athlete who could probably buy Spain.
If head coach Kevin McHale can integrate Howard into the offense and keep James Harden content, Houston is scary good on offense.
ALL OUT FOR PHILADELPHIA
Anyone who knows a thing about basketball knows the Philadelphia 76ers are going to be dreadful this season. They're not hiding that, but more on that later.
The team's rotation, under first-time NBA head coach Brett Brown, will be rookie Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, James Anderson, Spencer Hawes. Tony Wroten, Daniel Orton, Royce White, Darius Morris and Rodney Williams.
At least, thank the Lord, Nerlens Noel, who inexplicably fell to sixth in the draft and was acquired in a trade, will be back from his ACL tear.
Not exactly. Brown said on Monday to expect Noel to miss the whole season. So, there are almost no positives for the Sixers this season.
Is the all-time, single-season loss record of 73 in play for Philly? Yes.
Ten wins should be easy for every NBA team, but this roster is so bad, how could you guarantee it? It's in play, but the Sixers should get 10-15 wins. Maybe some of these guys you've never heard develop with playing time.
At least the 76ers have a plan.
Which leads us to ...
It's an ugly word and not the correct one, but it's the one you hear most frequently about teams trying to be as bad as possible to have as good a shot at the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Draft.
It's worth the agony when the cheese at the end of the maze is Andrew Wiggins.
He's already the consensus No. 1 pick in June. While Wiggins may not be a once-in-a-lifetime prospect, he's not far off that moniker. Every bad team in the league has at least one employee monitoring Kansas Jayhawks games this season.
But Wiggins isn't the only young man with a bright future ahead of him. There are six, maybe eight future All-Stars in the upcoming draft.
And let's give Philly a break. The Sixers are not the only team who appear to be gearing up for the draft and just going through the formality of playing the regular season.
The Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns are all openly rebuilding.
STERN'S SWAN SONG
David Stern will retire as Commissioner of the NBA on Feb. 1, 2014. His legacy is overwhelmingly solid other than the Tim Donaghy affair, some labor disputes and far-fetched conspiracy theories about rigging the draft lottery.
Stern's farewell will probably be low-keyed and Adam Silver's transition to the big chair has been ongoing for years.
Just be prepared around the All-Star break for several pieces on Stern's tenure.
Everyone with a pulpit voiced his or her dissatisfaction with Derrick Rose's decision to skip all of last season to rehab his torn ACL.
It was valid.
Most players don't voluntarily sit out, but Rose had his reasons.
The Bulls fell to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs, but Rose has sworn vengeance on all that crosses his path. That's an extreme characterization. He's not Gladiator, but Rose did say he improved his vertical leap five inches (not buying) and his explosiveness is better than pre-injury (will buy).