Hakeem Olajuwon, a key part of the Rockets’ recruiting efforts to land Howard and a large part of the festivities Saturday after Howard signed, will rejoin the Rockets in an official capacity for the first time since he spent the final season of his career with the Toronto Raptors in 2002.
Olajuwon’s duties and title are being discussed, and he will spend much of the year at his home in Jordan. But he will work with Rockets interior players, as he does with big men around the NBA each offseason, as a team employee.
“We are going to bring him in as full-time as is possible,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday. “It’s not done, but we have mutual interest to get it done, and we’ve had some early discussions.
Obviously, everything is still up in the air, and Olajuwon and the Rockets are free to settle on any terms they wish. Houston might permit Olajuwon’s offseason training sessions, or the sides might not reach an agreement until after this summer’s workouts.
But, at minimum, this news makes it less likely Olajuwon will train Drummond or Monroe.