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Dwight Howard | Center | #12

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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The Orlando Magic are unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard if he opts out of his contract, according to league sources.
Howard is believed to have interest in returning to the Magic if he opts out of his contract as expected, but the interest isn't believed to be reciprocal unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money. We'll likely see Howard on a new team next year, but it doesn't sound like it will be the Magic. May 26 - 1:36 PM

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Jason Terry thinks Dwight Howard might not be done with the Rockets yet.

While it would be a minor shock to see Howard return to the Rockets, Terry isn't convinced the big man will opt out of his contract and leave town. "I wouldn’t rule (a return) out," Terry said in an interview with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He has yet to opt out. Again, it’s just going to depend on if you get the right coach in there." Despite Terry's comments, Howard will be all but gone from Houston if the Rockets sign reported frontrunner Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach.
May 26 - 10:06 AM

Dwight Howard said he has thought about opting out of his contract this summer.

Howard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and appears to be leaning towards making the decision to opt out of his contract. "To be honest, I have had some conversations with close friends on what would happen if I do opt out," Howard said. "But I haven't really come out and said, 'I'm going to opt out and do this and that.' I just can't focus on that right now." The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, which would all but guarantee an opt-out for Howard.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 12:38 PM

Jason Terry said that Dwight Howard would be a "great fit" in Dallas, but he would have to accept Rick Carlisle's coaching style and system.

"It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight," Terry said. "Are you willing to come in and accept Carlisle's style of coaching? He has a great offensive system... But the big guy really doesn't touch it a lot on the inside." Given how much Howard complained this past season about his lack of touches, it would be surprising to see him go somewhere like Dallas. The Mavs have also stated that they're not willing to pay the max to sign D-12, which is likely what Howard will be seeking on the open market.
Source: Sports Day
May 18 - 11:23 AM

Dwight Howard said that he's hurt by the perception that he's a "diva" and all about himself.

"I think I was very likable in Orlando, and the way that situation ended, I think people felt as though I'm just this bad guy, I'm all about myself, I'm a diva, I'm stuck on being Dwight Howard, this famous basketball player," Howard said. "So people say, 'I don't like that guy.' And I hear that, and it really hurts me because my heart and my attitude toward the game has always been the same." Howard is expected to opt out of his contract this offseason in order to become an unrestricted free agent, and it seems very likely that he won't be wearing a Rockets uniform when the 2016-17 season begins.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 9:34 AM

Dwight Howard is reportedly "strongly" considering returning to the Magic as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Howard is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to hit free agency, and with the way things ended for the Rockets this season, it would be surprising to see D-12 back in Houston. The Bucks, Hornets and Blazers have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Howard, and there's sure to be a few more names added to this list as we get closer to free agency. It's worth noting, however, that Orlando to this point has not expressed interest in a reunion.
Apr 28 - 4:38 PM

Dwight Howard declined to comment on his future with the Rockets.

Howard can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but declined to discuss his plans. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to go," D-12 said. "We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves." After a season of rumored feuding with James Harden, it would be a surprise to see Howard return to the Rockets.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 9:45 AM

The Rockets collapsed on Wednesday, losing 114-81, with Dwight Howard contributing eight points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 45 minutes.

This is the first time in the series that Howard attempted more than 10 field goals, a fact that wasn't lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "We just gotta get him the ball," Bickerstaff said before the game. "We feel like we have an advantage in the post." More touches didn't help Howard tonight and his season ends on a dour note. He has a $23.3 million player option this summer and will likely go for another long-term deal in free agency, so it will be interesting to see how hard teams pursue him at this stage of his career.
Source: AP
Apr 28 - 1:23 AM

Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to leave the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Thus far, the Magic, Hornets, Bucks and Blazers have been mentioned as the early favorites to land Howard's services, but we still have a long ways to go until free agency begins. For now, Howard will try and help the Rockets to a Game 5 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in order to send the series back to Houston for a Game 6.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 1:59 PM

The Mavericks won't pursue Dwight Howard if he becomes a free agent, according to league sources.

Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it doesn't look like the Mavs will be in on D-12 if he is looking for a max contract. While the Mavericks will be in the market for frontcourt help this summer, Howard will have likely have a team offer him max contract after averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 2015-16.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 9:35 AM

Dwight Howard scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

Howard added 15 boards and one block in 36 minutes, but he had another meltdown at the free throw line, connecting on just 5-of-13 FTs. The Rockets could be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Game 5 on Wednesday, so Howard will need to have a monster night just to keep the game close -- the Rockets were outscored by 27 points in the second half with Stephen Curry (ankle) on the shelf.
Apr 24 - 6:50 PM

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale said in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio that Dwight Howard isn't the same scorer he used to be.

"Throw it down to him occasionally, but if you throw it down to him on a steady diet the poor guy just can't get down low and move any more," McHale said. "I think that back bothered him, his hips are tight from that and he just wasn't the same player." It's true that D12 hasn't been the same player after battling countless injuries to his back and knees, and he hasn't been dominant against the Warriors in the playoffs with averages of 13.0 points, 11.3 boards and 1.7 blocks. We'll see if Howard has a response in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 11:17 AM

Dwight Howard scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

He still got plenty of minutes, but he didn't play much down the stretch because the Warriors wanted to put him on the foul line where he hit just 1-of-6 attempts. Howard has double-doubled in all three games of this series, but he hasn't been dominant by any means. For what it's worth, Howard didn't exactly look thrilled when James Harden hit the game winner, and you can check out his reaction in the link below.
Apr 22 - 12:50 AM

Dwight Howard fouled out in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

This was bad. Howard just gave the Rockets no energy as he could not protect the paint or do anything on offense. The chances of him being on the Rockets next season likely dropped after this dud. He had a game-low minus-22 in plus-minus and once again he didn't get offensive looks. After Game 1, Draymond Green questioned the Rockets for not giving Howard enough shots. He just can't be trusted right now.
Apr 19 - 1:24 AM

Dwight Howard said that he won't demand more touches in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

"As a competitor, I’m going to get the job done, no matter what it takes," Howard said. "If I get the ball, if I don’t get the ball, if I score two points or I score 30 points. I got to go out there and play as hard as I can as long as I’m on the floor, that’s all that really matters." Howard scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in Game 1, but he hasn't seen double-digit touches in consecutive games since early March. Howard didn't play well and had five turnovers, so he's going to have to step up if the Rockets want to avoid a sweep.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 10:53 AM