Dwight Howard is interested in joining Derrick Rose in New York Knicks‘ backcourt in the upcoming free agency. The Rockets’ center declined a $23.2M option to hit the free agency on Tuesday.
The Knicks acquired Derrick Rose for Robin Lopez in a trade with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Phil Jackson and company expects to have at least $30 million cap space this summer. Last summer, New York signed Robin Lopez to a four-year deal and had a decent season with them. The Knicks managed to acquire the former MVP by shipping Lopez to the Bulls in a multiplayer deal.
Knicks‘ new head coach Jeff Hornacek’s top priority is to upgrade his backcourt this offseason, but it is still unclear what level of interest they have in signing Howard, as reported by the Real GM. After roping in Rose, New York may consider signing center Dwight Howard if he is available for a reasonable price in the free agency. Robin Lopez’s departure has created a hole in the center’s position, and the 31-year-old Rockets’ star could be a perfect replacement.
Howard had a disappointing season with the Rockets. His numbers declined steadily as his combination with James Harden didn’t click this season in Houston. Howard hasn’t averaged more than 35 minutes per game since 2012-13, according to the SNY.com.
But experts feel that the Knicks can become a serious contender in the Eastern Conference if they add Howard to their roster which already stars Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Howard may not be the dominant rim protector he once used to be in the league, but his inclusion would surely boost the Knicks‘ backcourt and make Jeff Hornacek’s team a difficult one to beat. One needs to remember that Carmelo Anthony is still one of the highest scorers in the NBA.
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