Most likely, it's hiring someone for Isiah to delegate tasks to if he's going to be wearing both a coach's and GM's hat this year. Because all Isiah/Knicks smartassery aside for a second, doing both jobs at the same time is a hard thing to pull off.
Yeah, please remember, it's not like Howard came out and said "Rockets! No wait, let me think about that again...". These were all reports made before he made any official announcement. Don't blame him for "not making up his mind.