The Golden State Warriors may be on the precipice of signing future hall of fame center Dwight Howard, with the 37-year-old having spent the start of this week pushing his case for the franchise’s 14th roster spot.
Reports of Howard’s potential acquisition emerged last week from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, before an explosive update from Kron4 News’ Jason Dumas on Wednesday has Warrior fans anticipating the addition of the eight-time All-Star.
The signing of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard to the Golden State Warriors may become official on Thursday.
The Warriors veteran core, presumably led by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and potentially Chris Paul, have “signed off on the idea of bringing Dwight into the fold”, according to Dumas.
Dumas also reports Howard will head to Los Angeles to workout with Green and Paul, only adding to the sense of inevitability in the 2020 NBA champion sensationally joining Golden State.
Howard, who will be 38 in December, may not have the same personal rivalry with the Warriors as what Paul did, but his addition to the 2023-24 roster would be similarly shocking in what would be his 19th NBA season.
A five-time All-NBA First Team selection, Howard last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021-22, averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game. He played for the Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwan last season, winning the Most Valuable Import award and earning All-T1 First Team honours.
Howard has been a polarizing figure in the league for much of the last decade. He played for five different teams between 2015 and 2019, often facing backlash for his lack of chemistry with teammates.
Adding Howard would be a remarkable close to Golden State’s offseason, one that begun with the acquisition of 12-time All-Star Paul in a blockbuster draft day trade that saw Jordan Poole depart the franchise.