The Washington Wizards were the presumed landing spot for Dwight Howard following his buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, and the signing has become official. Howard will occupy Marcin Gortat’s vacated center position, and he will play alongside All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.
On paper, this is a dream partnership for both sides.
Howard is coming off a productive season with the Charlotte Hornets, one in which he posted a 30-point, 30-rebound game against the very Nets team that traded for him. The 14-year veteran is still just 32 years old.
Howard, a future Hall of Famer, nearly matched his career averages with the Hornets in 2017-18. He tallied 16.6 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 1.6 blocks per game. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and he’s expected to improve the Wizards’ defense significantly.
“Dwight has been known throughout his career as one of the league’s best defenders, rebounders and finishers around the rim, all areas that we needed to improve heading into next season,” said Ernie Grunfeld, Wizards president. “His inside presence and athleticism will give us a much different look and will open up opportunities for us on both ends of the floor.”
In addition to Howard, the Wizards added forward Jeff Green, who played a vital role for the Cleveland Cavaliers during their NBA Finals run. Green will fill the role that was occupied by Mike Scott, who signed with the LA Clippers earlier in the offseason.
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