The Rockets did not get an answer from Dwight Howard and none was expected. They did, however, get just the questions that they hoped to receive.

After more than 2 ½ hours meeting with Howard and his representatives at the Bel-Air Hotel, the Rockets were encouraged by many things, but mostly that Howard’s interest seemed to be about the potential to win championships with the Rockets.

According to a person with knowledge of the conversations, “about 90 percent” of Howard’s questions were about the team, its potential and how he would fit.

The Rockets have hoped that Howard would base his free agency decision on which team would give him the best chance to win championships, a criteria they believe would make them “the obvious choice,” according to a person familiar with the presentation.

The Rockets were so all in for Howard they traded Thomas Robinson before the meeting so that there would be no uncertainty about their ability to sign him to a max contract, removing that question.

They also made plans to pursue free agents that would fit best with Howard, rather than if they cannot get him. A person with knowledge of their plans said they plan to meet with free agent forwards Mike Dunleavy and Corey Brewer while in Los Angeles.