Dwight Howard was traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets, which caught much of the league by surprise. After a solid season of averaging a double-double, it seemed that Howard had regained a step compared to previous seasons. He is now in talks with a buyout with the Nets, which would add another player to the free agency pool. Howard proved that he still had the ability to produce, but his behavior makes him too much of an issue to deal with. Despite Howard’s inability to work together with others and create team chemistry, here are some NBA teams that could still look to add him to the roster.
The Golden State Warriors have no problem with adding any player they feel will help them win a title. They haven’t had a solid center on their roster in years and they could see Dwight Howard as their missing piece on the inside. Defensively this could actually work in their favor, but risking their impeccable chemistry and adding an ego to the mix could destroy every thing they have worked for.
Allowing Howard to reunite with the city of Orlando could be a beautiful page in his book. Nikola Vucevic’s future with the team has been questioned and adding Howard could give them one less worry if they decide to part ways with Vucevic. Even still, the Magic could imagine having both big men in the paint. With Vucevic expanding his range, putting Howard on the inside is always a possibility. This could take away from Aaron Gordon’s development adding another player who wants the ball and everything could go downhill from there.
The New York Knicks are in need of a center and Howard could be their target for the upcoming season. With David Fizdale calling the shots and having a history with working with big men, it almost seems like a good fit for Howard. However, the biggest question would be if he could work with Kristaps Porzingis. Risking making Porzingis unhappy for Howard is not a good idea and could deter the Knicks from the path they are trying to take to success.
The Dallas Mavericks have been searching for a big man for years now and could finally see one in Howard. Placing him alongside Dennis Smith Jr. to throw lobs to actually sounds like a good idea. The problem is the Mavs are trying to build a younger team, and having Howard as a mentor would be a terrible mistake.