Houston Rockets: Five Best Teams For Dwight Howard Next Season
Finding A Landing Spot For Center Dwight Howard
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The Houston Rockets 2015-16 season is finally over, and they can begin what’s likely going to be a massive offseason rebuild. The one big question surrounding the Rockets will be whether or not Dwight Howard decides to pick up his player option to remain in Houston. Most assume Howard is fed up with the Rockets and will decide to test free agency yet again, picking a place that makes him happy again.
If that’s the case, where will Dwight Howard play baseball next season?
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Here are the most likely destinations for Dwight Howard during free agency.
Houston Rockets - Most assume that Dwight is good as gone in Houston. Dwight doesn’t get along with James Harden, he’s tired of the constant brain farts the team has defensively and he’s never been used in the offense that relies on nothing but three-point shots. While all that may be true and Dwight could be a better fit elsewhere, he is due 23 million dollars next season if he remains in Houston. Even with the cap increase, I’m not sure other teams are going to be so eager to throw a truckload of cash to an aging Dwight Howard who picks his spots when to be a dominant force. Like it or not, I think there’s a decent chance Dwight Howard remains in Houston for one more season.
Orlando Magic - Dwight Howard spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Orlando Magic, and it’s when he was most dominant and happy it seemed like. The Magic just could never quite surround him with a lot of talent, leading to Howard leaving for the Lakers. Now, the Magic have a young promising team led by Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Elfrid Payton. Howard could be the veteran presence in such a young locker room and it could be a breath of fresh air for the 30-year-old. Also, Orlando may be one of a few places that really still loves Howard and would accept him for who he is. This could be a great fit for both sides.
Atlanta Hawks - There were rumblings that Dwight was going to be traded this season to the Atlanta Hawks. Howard is from Atlanta and word is he wouldn’t mind making a homecoming to play for the team he grew up around. The Hawks are going to have some money to spend in hopes of improving in a competitive Eastern Conference, and they may have a need for center with Al Horford being a free agent. The Hawks are one or two pieces away from really taking that next step in the East, and Dwight could be one of those pieces if he’s willing to take a bit of a hometown discount.
Dallas Mavericks - Another good option for Dwight is to remain in Texas but move over to the city of Dallas. The Mavericks simply need playmakers to help Dirk Nowitzki make one last run, and Dwight Howard could help. After all, it’s not like Salah Mejri and Zaza Pachulia are exactly getting it done at the center position. Dwight would be a great fit for this aging Mavs roster that really doesn’t have any ball dominant players. Dwight would be able to get his 15-20 shots a game and would feel important. Dirk, Dwight and a healthier and more productive Wesley Matthews could be a trio that makes some noise in the Western Conference. Oh, there’s also the no state tax thing in Texas, which is just another bonus.
Portland Trail Blazers - The Portland Trail Blazers need a third banana to really take things to the next level and Dwight Howard could be the fit to help balance things out. Right now, a duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum is good enough to make the playoffs and put a scare in teams, but having Dwight in the post to grab rebounds and be involved in the pick and roll could make the Trail Blazers a possible top-four team in the West. This seems less likely than the other teams listed, but it could be a great fit if Dwight was serious about winning and wanted to fresh start on a career that can still be productive. After all, Mason Plumlee seems like the energy spark center who is best for the bench anyway.