Another year, and, again, another jersey for Dwight Howard to put on. Howard was recently traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov and two second round picks.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that Howard and the Nets are expected to negotiate a buyout, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
With the big man likely to hit the free agent market, we have some ideas on where the eight time All-Star should sign.
1. Golden State Warriors.
Yeah, I know. No one wants to see this team get any better. Wait… this team can actually get better? Yes.
Javale McGee was impressive during the NBA Finals, but who wasn’t in a 4-0 sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. McGee isn’t really the kind of player you count on to dominate the post when needed.
As Dwight Howard showed at many points last season, he can still play. Howard averaged 16.6ppg and 12.5rpg last season.
Howard, 32, really doesn’t have anything to prove. So ring chasing to get his first championship isn’t a bad idea.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
This is pretty much at attempt to get LeBron James to stay in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a little flexibility in having the eighth pick in the NBA Draft.
LeBron James is looking for reasons to stay home rather than to go play with another team. Drafting a Collin Sexton, Trae Young or Michael Porter Jr. could be a reason to stay. Or they can try and package the pick to get Kawhi Leonard or Kemba Walker.
Kevin Love says he likes playing the power forward position oppose to playing center, and that’s what Dwight Howard will do.
LeBron James paired with Love & Howard, with a promise rookie, or LeBron with Howard and Kemba/Kawhi could be enough to get LeBron to stay in Cleveland.
3. New York Knicks
This is one that can go either way, mainly because playing at Madison Square Garden might be too big of a stage for Howard.
Howard has shown signs of immaturity, and reports of the Hornets locker room not liking Howard supports the signs of immaturity. But, if we’re talking about basketball, it can be a good fit.
Similar to the situation that would happen in Cleveland, Howard would come in and play the center role with Porzingis playing the four.
The Knicks have the ninth pick in the NBA Draft along with promising, young talent in Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
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