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A timeline of Dwight Howard's brief, but interesting moments as a Washington Wizard

A timeline of Dwight Howard's brief, but interesting moments as a Washington Wizard

The Washington Wizards decided to move on from center Dwight Howard, while also addressing a void at the small forward position, Friday night. Howard was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for C.J. Miles. Howard's time with the team was brief but never lacked intrigue on and off the court (more so the latter). Howard's career stat line with the Wizards will read: nine games played, 12.8 points on 62 percent shooting from the field, and 9.2 rebounds.

In honor of the most recent roster move by interim team President, Tommy Sheppard and owner Ted Leonsis, it's only right that we look back on Howard's brief, but interesting, time with the team. 

July 6, 2018:  The Brooklyn Nets finalized a contract buyout with Howard after the draft-day trade that sent Timofey Mozgov and the 45th pick to the Charlotte Hornets. Howard4 signed a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal with the Wizards; the deal included a year-two player option. 

July 23, 2018: During Howard's introductory press conference he delivered what's likely the most creative career description in NBA history: 

September 26, 2018: Howard missed the beginning of training camp due to back soreness. The Wizards referred to Howard's injury as "minor" and Howard himself believed it was sustained from "flying on cramped planes during the offseason."

October 9, 2018: After missing the full slate of preseason games, Howard visited a specialist in New York and was diagnosed with a piriformis injury.

November 2, 2018: After missing the first seven games of the season, Howard made his Wizards debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He finished with 20 points, shot 7-of-8 from the field, 6-of-8 from the foul line. He started and played 23 minutes in the 132-111 loss. 

November 18, 2018: At halftime of the Wizards game against the Portland Trailblazers Howard left the court with gluteal soreness; he did not return. 

November 30, 2018: Howard underwent lumbar microdiscectomy surgery and had his sights set on returning within eight weeks. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, CA.

March 27, 2019: Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told media "It's pretty safe to say” that Dwight Howard will not return to play for the rest of the year." 

April 18, 2019: Howard opted into his $5.6 million player option for the upcoming season. 

July 5, 2019: Howard traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for 32-year-old forward, C.J. Miles. 

The Wizards have been fairly active this offseason, one can only imagine what's next?



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Today in tournament history: Moe Wagner leads Michigan over Loyola Chicago in the 2018 Final Four

Today in tournament history: Moe Wagner leads Michigan over Loyola Chicago in the 2018 Final Four

Moe Wagner had an outstanding 2018 NCAA Tournament. But after advancing past the Elite Eight, he and the Michigan Wolverines faced their toughest test yet.

Sister Jean and the 11-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.

Wagner threw a friendly jab at the underdog's 98-year-old school chaplain before the two programs squared off with a shot at the national championship on the line.

Sister Jean, who had more trash-talking experience than the Wolverines' starting five combined, wasn't going to go easy on the Ramblers' Final Four opponent.

Jean's comments must've shaken Michigan before tip-off.

After the ref tipped the ball off to start the first half, it was all Ramblers.

Loyola-Chicago tied up the ballgame at 15-apiece with 5:56 to go in the first half and controlled the game. 

Wagner carried the scoring load in the first half (11 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 1-for-2 from three), but his teammates went a combined 4-23 from the field.

The Ramblers coasted into the halftime break, leading 29-22, despite Wagner controlling the glass with 11 boards, giving him a first-half double-double.

The second half was a different story. 

Michigan cut the Ramblers lead to six with 11:19 to go in regulation and didn't look back.

As crunch time approached, Loyola had no answer for Wagner. 

The Wolverines center was in the zone, out-scoring the Ramblers 11-4 by himself during a four-minute stretch late in the second half. 

From that point on, with an eight-point lead and just 3:03 to go in regulation, Loyola's season was slowly slipping away.

John Beilein's squad would close out on a 10-6 run to take down the Ramblers.

Despite the loss, Sister Jean was all-class, taking the defeat like a champ, as Loyola-Chicago's improbable tourney run had come to an end.

Wagner finished the game with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and singlehandedly catapulted his squad to the national championship game.

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Jordan McRae predicted his own trade from the Wizards, sort of

Jordan McRae predicted his own trade from the Wizards, sort of

During his time in Washington, Jordan McRae was known for getting buckets and for his great sense of humor. However, nobody was aware of McRae's fortune-telling ability.

When a trade at the deadline sent McRae to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Shabazz Napier, McRae had joked about the possibility in the locker room just moments before he found out. 

"I'm in the locker room that day saying, 'Hey man, somebody isn't going to be here at the end of the day,'" McRae told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "Then Troy looks at me and says, 'It might be you.'

"Then I say, 'It might be me, I'm including myself.'"

He was right. 


"I practiced that day, it was a good practice," McRae said. "I actually stayed really long that day too. I happened to get treatment, I was talking to Sashi [Brown]."

"Then I was outside the building on the phone and someone else was calling me -- it was Tommy [Shepphard]." 

McRae was in the midst of having the best season of his career in Washington. Averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists all marked career highs for him and assisted the Wizards in one of the top-scoring offenses in the NBA.  

"Denver was nice, it was cool, but it came to a point when the coach and GM said 'hey, this year you're not really going to play,'" McRae said. "At this stage of my career, and the season I'm having, I would just prefer to have a buyout.

"I'm having the best season I've had. I'm not willing to wait, and I'm a free agent."

All jokes aside, the McRae trade was a bit of a surprise due to his production, leadership and locker room presence. McRae, however, took the move in stride.

"I would have never thought I'd be on three teams in one year," McRae said. "But I chose Detroit because they're in a rebuilding phase and it's always good to go to a team that wants you."

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