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Dwight Howard | Center | #8

Team: Atlanta Hawks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / ORL
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Dwight Howard said that his surgically-repaired back is completely healthy.
"My back hasn’t been an issue, and I don’t think I’ll ever have an issue out of my back for the rest of my career," Howard said. His knees have been a problem in recent years, and the 30-year-old missed 11 games last season while averaging just 32.1 minutes per game. If he can stay healthy, Dwight could have a mild bounce-back season with a bigger offensive role in Atlanta. Jul 17 - 10:02 AM

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Dwight Howard said that Atlanta's recruitment of him as an unrestricted free agent helped restore his sense of self-confidence.

"Grant Hill was a big part of the process," Howard said. "For somebody like [Hill] to believe in me, [Hawks general] Wes Wilcox and [Mike Budenholzer] -- for all of these guys to have that belief in me just gave me more confidence." Howard also mentioned that his body is feeling great, and he's looking forward to having a "dominant" season in Atlanta. D-12 should have a larger role in the Hawks' offense, but as always, atrocious free throw shooting will weigh down his value.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 10:37 AM

Dwight Howard said that he's coming to the Hawks with a "different mentality."

"I want to do whatever I can to bring a championship home," he said. "I know it’s not going to be easy. I’ve worked extremely hard this summer, every summer. I’m very motivated. I’m really [ticked] off about last season. I’m looking forward to coming back with a different mentality." If D12 is going to find his comfort zone anywhere it's likely to be at home in Atlanta. For what it's worth, Howard offered a ringing endorsement of his newest head coach Mike Budenholzer, praising his style and approach to the game.
Jul 6 - 9:42 AM

Dwight Howard has reached an agreement on a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks.

Dwight wanted $24 million per season, and he just about got it with his hometown team. This news also means Al Horford is likely heading out of town to the Thunder or Celtics. As for Dwight, he'll look to revitalize his career after things fell apart dating back to when he left the Magic after 2011-12. The good news for the Hawks is that this is only a three-year deal.
Jul 1 - 6:38 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Hawks made a strong connection with Dwight Howard in their meeting.

Wojnarowski adds that there is definitely some "traction" there, so it sounds like the Hawks are one of the favorites to sign D-12. It's also worth noting that the Blazers are making a strong push to sign both Howard and Chandler Parsons, while the Celtics are expected to get a meeting with Howard as well.
Jul 1 - 2:56 PM

According to Jason Quick of CSNNW, the Blazers intend to go after both Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard.

The Blazers reportedly offered Parsons a four-year max deal right when free agency began, but Howard won't be cheap either considering Timofey Mozgov got $65 million from the Lakers. Howard has also been linked to the Celtics, Hawks and Mavericks, but it's too early to tell which team is the favorite to sign him.
Jul 1 - 12:13 PM

The Hawks and Celtics will reportedly be the first two teams to have a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard.

Howard will reportedly meet with as many as five teams during free agency, but it's extremely unlikely he returns to Houston with Mike D'Antoni now running the show there. The Heat could also be in the mix to sign D-12 if they're unable to retain Hassan Whiteside. Aside from horrific free throw shooting, Howard should be able to put up quality statistics wherever he lands. For what it's worth, the Celtics reportedly will not aggressively pursue Howard, but they're open to signing him at "the right price."
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 9:44 AM

The Hawks are considering making a run at free agent Dwight Howard, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Stein reports the Hawks are also interested in Kevin Durant (who isn't?), but the team has not been granted a sit down with KD so a run at Howard seems much more likely. Howard could serve as a contingent plan for his hometown team if Al Horford bolts in free agency and would continue to provide solid fantasy value for owners who are willing to stomach his abysmal free throw percentage.
Jun 28 - 11:51 AM

Dwight Howard is rumored to be interested in signing with the New York Knicks.

It's unclear how much interest the Knicks have in Howard as signing him to a big deal would eat up most of their cap space, but they could use his defense after dealing Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Howard should receive plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent and can still be a valuable fantasy asset for owners willing to put up with his poor free throw percentage.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 10:17 AM

The Rockets have reportedly tried to convince Dwight Howard to remain in Houston.

GM Daryl Morey spoke with Howard's agent, and Rockets' CEO Tad Brown spoke directly with Howard expressing his support, however, Howard still decided to opt out of his deal. The Rockets value Howard's defense and they're trying to sell him on Mike D'Antoni's offensive scheme, but with how things went with D-12 and D'Antoni in Los Angeles, it would be nothing short of shocking if he decided to remain in Houston.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 10:50 AM

Dwight Howard has reportedly declined his player option for the 2016-17 season, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Mike D'Antoni hire essentially queued the end of Howard's tenure with the Rockets, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of deal the big man can earn on the open market. Howard is now 30 years old, and his knees and back have started to become an issue, although with the infusion of money coming into the NBA he should be able to earn something close to the max.
Jun 21 - 6:01 PM

Jason Terry believes that if Dwight Howard joined the Mavericks as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he would immediately put the Dallas franchise in the championship conversation.

"He still can be a dominant force, primarily on the defensive end," said Terry of Howard. "He's such a presence back there, patrolling the paint... If he comes to Dallas, we'll be talking about Dallas in the likes of winning a championship." D-12 hasn't yet officially opted out of his contract, but with Mike D'Antoni at the helm in Houston, there's really no way Howard returns to the Rockets after how poorly their first stint went in Los Angeles. Howard could be a nice fit with the Mavs, but he would have to accept a lesser role on offense, which is not something he did well with in Houston.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 3:31 PM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said new head coach Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets would "welcome" Dwight Howard back if he chose to return to the franchise.

Houston has been diplomatic regarding Howard's potential free agency, but it's virtually impossible to see how the two sides can repair a broken relationship. Howard and franchise star James Harden have on-court chemistry issues, D12's first go-around with D'Antoni was an utter nightmare and both sides appear more than ready to move on. As it currently stands, Howard is still fully expected to opt out of his contract and test free agency. For what it's worth, he may not be in love with what he finds on the open market.
Jun 6 - 10:15 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants Dwight Howard to play a certain way with the Rockets.

Things didn't go well for the D'Antoni-Howard pairing in Los Angeles. D'Antoni did say he's "one of the best players in the league" in his press conference today, but at this point it would be a surprise to see him back on the Rockets. He's probably behind Hassan Whiteside on the free agent pecking order.
Jun 1 - 6:10 PM

Dwight Howard and the Rockets were at odds over his role during the season.

"I felt like my role was being reduced," Howard said. "I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'" Howard, for his part, admitted his mistake in allowing not getting the ball to impact other areas of his play, but it's easy to understand his frustration in this situation. Given all of this combined with the fact that the Rockets are expected to hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, it would be nothing short of shocking to see D12 back in Houston for 2016-17 and beyond.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 10:15 AM

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