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Report: Dwight Howard opts into 2019-20 player option with Wizards

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As expected, Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard has reportedly opted into his 2019-20 player option with the team, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Howard will make $5,603,850 in 2019-20. The former All-Star only played in nine games this season for the Wizards because of a back injury which required surgery. It was the second back surgery for Howard, who will turn 34 in December.

Howard signed a two-year, $10.9 million contract with the Wizards last summer. Washington was hoping a Big Three of Howard, John Wall and Bradley Beal would be lethal together. However, Howard and Wall were injured pretty much all season.

In the nine games he appeared in, Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field. The Wizards missed the playoffs this season. Howard should be ready for training camp, while it’s unknown if Wall is going to play at all in 2019-20. The point guard is recovering from heel and Achilles surgery.

Howard hasn’t been the same player since he requested a trade from the Orlando Magic. It’s been sad to watch his demise in the NBA. Howard has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Wizards since his prime days with the Magic ended.