The Washington Wizards have agreed to sign center Dwight Howard to a one-year deal now that he has finalized a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets.
Dwight Howard has finalized a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a 1-year deal for the tax MLE with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers, league sources tell The Athletic.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 3, 2018
It might be a bit much to say that this move was expected, but Howard and the Wizards seemed like a terrific fit for one another once Washington traded Marcin Gortat to the LA Clippers and acquired guard Austin Rivers in the process. Additionally, Washington also lost stretch-four Mike Scott to the Clippers in free agency, so grabbing a big man like Howard off the market will surely help them compete in a wide-open Eastern Conference this season.
Howard was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets, but the two sides quickly entered buyout negotiations as the former three-time Defensive Player of the Year was not a player the Nets saw in their youthful future.
Howard is coming off his best season since the 2013-14 season, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game on 55.5 percent shooting.