Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Indiana Pacers who are reportedly targeting Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in the upcoming free agency on July 1.
The Indiana Pacers are one of the NBA teams who dreams of becoming a title contender next season. The recent playoffs showed that the Pacers should make a huge adjustment in their front court, especially in the center position.
Despite the good performance of the Pacers center Ian Mahinmi in the 2015-16 NBA regular season, he was completely outplayed by Raptors big men Jonas Valanciunas and Bismack Biyombo in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ben Gibson of Fansided cited the importance of a dominant center for the Indiana Pacers. Mahinmi’s weakness against other big men in the league forced Myles Turner not to play his natural position.
Meanwhile, Dwight Howard is expected to opt out his contract with the Houston Rockets and enter the free agency market. In the middle of the 2015-16 NBA regular season, Howard was reportedly having a dispute with Rockets star guard James Harden regarding their role on the offensive end. Recent rumors were saying that the Rockets decision to hire Mike D’Antoni as their new head coach may force Howard to seek for another team.
According to a previous report, the Indiana Pacers could be the potential landing spot for Dwight Howard. Despite the negative reports about him, the Rockets center is currently averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. He can still be considered one of the most dominant big men in the league and a good rim protector.
Howard could be a good fit with a Pacers team looking to adapt more to a “small ball”-centric offense.
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