By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Wizards have signed free agent center Dwight Howard on Thursday. He signed with the Wizards after being bought out by the Brooklyn Nets.
On June 20th, he was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Nets in a deal involving Timofey Mozgov. Howard has agreed a one-and-one deal with the Wizards, as he will have an option for the second season.
“Dwight has been known throughout his career as one of the league’s best defenders, rebounders, and finishers around the rim, all areas that we needed to improve heading into next season,” Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld said. “His insider presence and athleticism will give us a much different look and will open up opportunities for us on both ends of the floor.”
Last season in 81 starts with the Hornets, his lone season with the team, the 32-year-old big man averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game. He also shot 55.5% from the field.
Howard was fourth in the league last season with point-rebound double-doubles.
He is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, as he won three straight from 2008-09 through 2010-11. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in 1,035 games, including 1,034 starts. In 14 seasons, he has played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, before joining the Hornets.
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