Reports: Dwight Howard targets Wizards as next stop
NBA.com Global on Jul 04, 2018 07:46 AM
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The Washington Wizards, which are in the market for a new center after trading Marcin Gortat to the LA Clippers, may have found his replacement in three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard.
Howard, who was recently traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets, is close to an agreement on a one-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Mannix (via Twitter).
Wizards, Dwight Howard are close to an agreement on a one-year deal, multiple sources familiar with the situation told @YahooSportsNBA. Sides expect to complete deal after Howard’s buyout goes through.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 3, 2018
The Athletic's Jared Weiss (via Twitter) reported earlier that Howard and the Wizards have agreed to deal after he accepted a buyout from the Nets, provided he clears waivers.
Dwight Howard has finalized a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a 1-year deal for the tax MLE with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers, league sources tell The Athletic.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 3, 2018
The trade from Charlotte to Brooklyn will not become official until the end of the league’s annual moratorium on transactions at 12:01 a.m. July 6. Once this reported transaction has been cleared, the Nets and Howard must agree to terms of a buyout.
The Wizards is an attractive stop for Howard, who could jump right into the starting lineup according to the Washington Post's Candace Buckner.
The Wizards also can entice Howard with a starting job in the wake of trading Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for Austin Rivers, and the appealing position of playing for a playoff team alongside five-time all-star point guard John Wall. Also, Washington represents a potential place for Howard to sign a veteran minimum’s deal while cleaning up a sullied reputation ahead of next year’s free agency bonanza.
While Washington waits to make its move, the team continues to fill out its roster — agreeing to a one-year veteran minimum deal with Jeff Green on Tuesday and claiming second-year player Thomas Bryant off waivers Monday.
The eight-time All-Star, who would be playing for his fourth team in as many years, averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Hornets, his 14th in the league.