Dwight Howard opted out of his $23.2 million contract with the Houston Rockets and is now searching for his next NBA team. According to the latest NBA rumors before free agency officially opens, the veteran big man could land with Eastern Conference contender Boston Celtics or Atlanta Hawks.
According to reports on Tuesday, the 30-year-old Howard will be meeting with about five teams early in free agency, including the Celtics and Hawks. Both teams have reportedly secured a “face-to-face meeting” with the big man, per ESPN.com.
The same report mentioned another team, the Miami Heat as another free agency landing spot for Howard although the team stated earlier in the offseason that their priority is to re-sign promising center Hassan Whiteside.
Among the three East teams mentioned, it looks like the Celtics are the best team for Howard as they have the front court position as one of their weaknesses the past season and playoffs.
Boston is also involved in NBA rumors of their pursuit for Kevin Durant, but the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is also being chased by a lot of rivals and the Celtics could settle for someone like Howard in free agency.
Dwight Howard is already 30 years old but his defense and rebounding is still valued around the league. It’s not clear if the Celtics would be willing to give Howard a long-term contract or a deal which will pay him more per season compared to the one in Houston.
Howard is 12-year veteran who played for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers before his troubled stint with the Rockets from 2013 to 2016.
Dwight Howard, who averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season for Houston, was involved in many controversies while playing for the Rockets. There were many NBA rumors during last season that he did not like his role in Houston’s offense, due to James Harden being the number one option for the team.
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