Earlier this evening, Dwight Howard Wizards rumors began to emerge. The former defensive player of the year had been floated as a possibility for the franchise, especially after the team moved center Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers in the deal for Austin Rivers.
Howard has been on the move almost constantly since his prime years with the Orlando Magic. After leaving the team that drafted him, he spent a year with the Lakers, three with the Rockets, and then single seasons with the Hawks and Hornets.
In late June, Charlotte dealt him to the Brooklyn Nets. It quickly became clear that the Nets had no intention to play him, and that instead, it would work to buy him out.
That became official today. Now, he is reportedly off to Washington.
According to The Athletic's Jared Weiss, the Dwight Howard Wizards deal is a one-year mid-level exception contract.
The 2018-19 mid-level exception for tax-paying teams is around $5.6 million. It is unclear how much of his original Hawks deal he's retaining with the Nets buyout.
The fact that teams are so quick to move off of Howard is not a great sign. His on-court numbers are still very solid though.
Last season, he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game for Charlotte.
On paper, he could be a very fun fit with John Wall and company. Of course, the Wizards have reportedly had their own locker room tensions, much of which surrounded Wall and Gortat, so time will tell if this will change or exacerbate things.
It is hard to argue against a guy of Dwight's talents, even diminished from his prime, on such a small deal.