A favorite appears to have emerged in the race to sign soon-to-be free agent Dwight Howard. Well, I'm not sure how much of a race it is, but one franchise does seem to be leading it right now.
The Washington Wizards, according to a report by Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, are extremely interested in the eight-time All-Star big man, who's close to completing a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets.
Howard, 32, was traded to Brooklyn from Charlotte earlier this offseason. He's expected to complete a buyout with the franchise, go through waivers and then hit free agency.
The Wizards are expected to be at forefront of his recruitment once he does that.
Once the trade becomes official and terms of Howard’s buyout are completed, the Wizards plan to be at the front of the line to offer a contract to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time all-star, according to several people in the league familiar with the team’s plans.
A couple of teams have been mentioned as possible options for Howard so far this offseason. Howard was reportedly interested in New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Washington and wherever LeBron James went.
The Pelicans have signed Julius Randle, the Thunder have signed Nerlens Noel and James went to the Lakers. It's tough to imagine Los Angeles wanting Howard back.
So, it seems like the Wizards, if interested, are his best option. And Washington appears to be interested.
A signing could come soon once Howard gets through his buyout. Stay tuned.