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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
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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." Jun 29 - 9:44 AM
Source: ESPN

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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

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

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