Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Dwight Howard, Nets negotiating buyout

Dwight Howard, Nets negotiating buyout

One day after reports surfaced that Howard has been traded from Charlotte to Brooklyn, the eight-time NBA All-Star says he wants a buyout of his $23.8 million expiring contract to become a free agent.

The 32-year old center averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for the Hornets last season, which are his best numbers since his All-Star season as a member of the Houston Rockets in 2013-14. But after leaving Orlando, injuries and rumors of poor work ethic over the past fews years have dogged him at every stop since.

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Dwight Howard isn't looking to stay with the Nets. "All I need is a real chance and a clean slate where it's not people talking about my past". "I still can jump, I still can play, I still can contribute and I can contribute in any system". The question for Brooklyn was simply whether having Howard in their young locker room was worth the deal, but that apparently won't be an issue. He could quickly form a formidable frontcourt duo with two premier rim protectors for the Pelicans next season and possibly beyond that. The question National Basketball Association teams must ask themselves now is if they think Howard has finally turned over a new leaf, or if he is simply saying the right things to get himself another contract.

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