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Report: Wizards will pursue Dwight Howard if Nets buy him out

Jesse Reed

It’s widely been reported that the Brooklyn Nets will buy out Dwight Howard. Now that he’s not going to be signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Wizards have emerged as the first team in line to sign the veteran center.

According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, Washington will be eager to offer Howard a contract if the Nets do buy him out.

“Once the trade becomes official and terms of Howard’s buyout are completed, the Wizards plan to be at the front of the line to offer a contract to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time all-star, according to several people in the league familiar with the team’s plans.”

Washington is obviously in the market for a center after shipping Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Austin Rivers.

Though Howard isn’t the same player he once was in his prime, he’s still capable of producing on both ends of the court. Last year with the Atlanta Hawks, he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent from the field in 81 games.