ESPN analyst and former Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson wouldn’t make any guesses regarding Dwight Howard’s contract choices but said Howard’s addition to the Rockets would make Houston one of the teams with the best shot at an NBA title.

Johnson, on a media conference call to discuss ABC and ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Finals, predicted the Rockets and Mavericks will be in play for the free-agent center if he chooses to leave the Lakers.

“I can’t tell you what is best for Dwight Howard. I think he probably will make the best decision possible for him,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I would say that he probably would enjoy playing for (Rockets coach) Kevin McHale because coach McHale was a Hall of Fame player and, I feel, with Tim Duncan, the best power forward that has ever played the game.”

Johnson said the combination of Johnson with James Harden — “an emerging superstar and a guy who you can definitely play with,” Johnson said — plus a team that would include Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons is “right there” as a contender.

“With Dwight Howard, (Houston) would take the next step as being one of the elite teams — I would say one of the best four or five teams in the league — and definitely would give themselves a chance to win a championship,” Johnson said.