The Warriors added an All-Star big man to their squad this summer, shocking the NBA world when they signed former New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins to a very affordable one-year contract.
Another NBA star big man says that the Warriors reached out to him, too. However, he turned them down for another team.
Dwight Howard, who agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, said at his press conference that he received a call from the Warriors, but he decided to go to D.C.
Howard liked the thought of playing with Wall and appreciated his communication so much that he says it helped sway him from signing with the Warriors. Golden State ended up doing well for themselves by signing DeMarcus Cousins, but they did reach out to Howard.
“Golden State called and I thought about them. But once John sent me that message, I was like man. I couldn’t tell him at first, but I was like ‘man, I’m going to be a Wizard.’ That was my mindset,” he said.
Earlier reports suggested that Warriors players vetoed the idea of signing Howard, so it's unclear what exactly is true here, but there were many who speculated that he had interest in Golden State.
Howard, 32, averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds a game last season.