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:
Dwight's got jokes 😂 pic.twitter.com/1uCk2rSgRp— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) July 23, 2018
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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