Dwight Howard has finalized a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a 1-year deal for the tax MLE with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers, league sources tell The Athletic.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 3, 2018
Washington is looking to fill its center position after trading Marcin Gortat to the Clippers last week.
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.
The #Wizards aren't done in free agency.
Washington is focused on signing Dwight Howard after pending buyout. Read here: https://t.co/MfS6cQ55rA
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 3, 2018
Howard, 32, will be entering his 15th NBA season next fall.
In March, Howard recorded the first 30-and-30 game in over seven years.