According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Portland Trail Blazers are looking into what it would take to sign unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard.

The Blazers currently  have a young core led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum after the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. They are looking for a top free agent to pair with the dynamic guard duo.

The Blazers may not be ecstatic about offering Howard a two-year max deal, as many other teams aren’t, but they have to consider it to remain competitive in the Western Conference, and his skills address their biggest weakness, which is interior defense.

Howard will begin speaking with the Celtics and Hawks come July 1st, but Portland can make a late pitch if they manage to go through with scheduling a meeting.

Howard averaged a career low in points in a disastrous season with the Rockets, which ended with the team being eliminated in the first round by the Warriors.

There is the possibility, even with teams spending more this summer, that Howard may not get a max deal, but it’s always best to aim high in contract negotiations, especially with all of this new money.

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