Dwight Howard’s NBA journey has taken him to a new stop: Memphis, after being traded by the Washington Wizards on yet another salary-dump move. However, he’s not expected to join the team and is likely going to be waived.
Not so long ago, Howard was a force that was reckoned in this league as he was considered one of the best rim protectors and rebounders ever and it’s crazy to think that he’s now just another spare part on salary cleaning moves.
Howard still has a lot left on his tank and a contending team needing depth down low could surely turn to his help, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him this summer:
5. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings just lost Willie Cauley-Stein to the Golden State Warriors and they surely could use more depth at the center spot, with Howard still being more than capable of swatting shots and dominating the glass.
The Kings have signed several veterans over the course of the last couple of seasons in order to mentor their young guns, but Howard could actually log some productive playing time and perhaps even start for them.
4. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers were dealt a major blow when they lost Bojan Bogdanovic to the Utah Jazz, but there’s no reason to think this team isn’t going to be in the mix for a top 4 seed in the Eastern Conference once Victor Oladipo is back.
However, with the loss of Thadd Young and considering how injury prone Myles Turner has been lately, they should really try and find a backup and a plan b, and Dwight Howard could be a major addition for them.
3. San Antonio Spurs
If someone knows how to make the most of the players no one else wanted, that’s definitely Gregg Popovich, and while the San Antonio Spurs have a strong frontcourt, rim protection has been an issue since Tim Duncan retired.
Howard is no longer the explosive dunker and physical presence he used to be but he’d be a major upgrade over their current roster right now and he’d be thrilled to play for such a great organization.
2. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics were also dealt a major blow when Al Horford decided to join the Philadelphia 76ers and by trading away Aron Baynes their depth took a major hit on the big men spots.
Robert Williams looks like a stud in the making but he’s still kind of rough, and Howard’s mentorship could really help him turn the corner. Also, he’s a major defensive upgrade over Enes Kanter for sure.
1. Golden State Warriors
And finally, the Golden State Warriors are always a fine destination for players trying to win a ring before calling it a day, and they’ll still be in the playoffs even if Klay Thompson misses most of the season.
The Warriors acquired Willie Cauley-Stein and resigned Kevon Looney but it’s clear that Steve Kerr is still not sold on his big men rotation. Howard sets nice screens and is a solid offensive rebounder, so he’d be a perfect fit for their system.