Grizzlies expected to waive or trade Dwight Howard
The Memphis Grizzlies completed a trade with the Washington Wizards to acquire former All-Star center Dwight Howard. However, Howard’s stay in Grind City will likely be short-lived, as Memphis reportedly plans to waive or trade the former first-overall pick.
In exchange for Howard, the Grizzlies are sending veteran forward C.J. Miles to the Wizards.
The Grizzlies are trading CJ Miles to Washington for Dwight Howard, league source tells ESPN. Deal saves Memphis $3.1M. Grizzles will waive or trade Howard, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Howard had a puzzling run since he left the Houston Rockets in 2016. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, his hometown team, before finding himself traded to the Charlotte Hornets. After another transaction, he was waived by the Brooklyn Nets and signed with the Washington Wizards again as a free agent. Now, he’s back to the drawing board.
Howard has played for four teams in four years and it could be a fifth very soon.
Prior to Dwight’s bouncing around, he was an athletic All-Star center with a dominating style of play that currently alludes most NBA franchises. Howard led the Orlando Magic to their second trip to the NBA Finals in 2009, the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway lost to the Houston Rockets in 1995.
After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard’s time in Hollywood was anything but happily ever after. He collided with head coach Mike D’Antoni then landed in Houston, frequently clashing with star guard James Harden.
Howard’s career is strange in a sense that after being a dominant force in the league, he was seemingly forgotten. He is often the topic of debate about whether the Basketball Hall of Fame should induct Howard after he retires.