NBA Rumors: Al Horford, Dwight Howard top targets of Golden State Warriors to be their starting center next season

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Golden State Warriors who are reportedly targeting Al Horford and Dwight Howard in the upcoming free agency on July 1.

After the Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors might have realized how important having a starting center is in their success. The loss of Andrew Bogut due to injury had deeply hurt the Warriors on both ends. Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao may be good backup centers but they need to improve to be starters.

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This may lead the Golden State Warriors to look for a legitimate center in the upcoming free agency on July 1. According to Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports, the Warriors are eyeing either Al Horford or Dwight Howard in the free agency market.

“Coming from “Spurs East” in Atlanta, Horford’s style of play would fit the Warriors exceptionally, and his personality is such that it’s unlikely he’d have any problem being the fourth or fifth option in the Warriors’ best lineup,” Kurtenbach noted. He added, “The league might be moving to a small ball, but the 6-foot-6 Green cannot play center for 40 minutes a night. Outside of Karl Towns and DeMarcus Cousins, Horford, who hit 88 3-pointers this season, might be the best-suited big man for the modern game.”

However, trading Andrew Bogut will be tough for the Warriors since he is currently recovering from injury. The Warriors were reportedly eyeing Dwight Howard the last time he became a free agent. Howard is expected to decline his player option with the Houston Rockets and enter the free agency market.

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Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports speculated the if the Warriors can get Dwight Howard to sign a below-the-market deal then they could let Festus Ezeli walk and keep Harrison Barnes. Andrew Bogut can also be retained in order to be the backup center for Howard.

Dwight Howard might be having court issues in the past but he should learn to control his attitude if he wants to revamp his career.

Al Horford and Dwight Howard should not think twice if the Warriors offer them a spot on their team. An offer from a title contender team can be considered a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Once the Golden State Warriors get their preferred target in free agency, chances are, they will be back in the 2017 NBA Finals.

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