NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard to sign with New York Knicks?
It is probable that Dwight Howard will end his contract early with Houston Rockets after they signed Mike D'Antoni to the team, thus leading him to sign with the New York Knicks.
A lot of rumors of Dwight Howard being unhappy with the Houston Rockets and conflicts with James Harden, with the team possibly trading him away, rose last season. Speculations of Howard leaving the team increased when Houston will be signing D'Antoni as their head coach.
Houston Chronicle mentioned that there had a conflict between Howard and D'Antoni when they were both in the Los Angeles Lakers a few years back. Jeanie Buss, Lakers owner, even added that because of the issues between Howard and D'Antoni, the team will be built around Steve Nash, instead.
Given that Dwight Howard no longer happy with the Houston Rockets and if the team will successfully hire D'Antoni, this will really lead to him leaving the team for good.
Rumor has it that while teams such as Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtic s are showing interest towards Howard, he may rather end up somewhere else. It is said that some of Howard's friends have heard him express his interest in joining the New York Knicks as a free agent.
ESPN mentioned that the Knicks are targeting top free agents but are also prepared to consider other. Knowing that they will have around $18 million to spend during the offseason, which may not be enough to catch the key players like Durant and Al Horford, Dwight Howard's name will be someone that the Knicks could look into.
Dwight Howard's numbers have declined over the years and they were way down last season. While it's true that he has passed his prime, Howard could immediately improve any team that signs him. The three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-NBA First Team player would fit in nicely in New York with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Even though, Dwight Howard's stats declined over the years and may have been past his prime, this three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Five-time- All-NBA First Team Player might be a good fit for the Knicks, together with Carmelo Anthony and Kristap Porzingris.
New York Knicks may have Robin Lopez doing a great job as their center but with Howard being able to contribute bigger numbers on both offense and defense, he may instantly contribute a much stronger force under the basket.
With Knicks ending 2015-2016 with a record of 32-50 and 13th place in the East, the team needs a nudge to get them back into the Eastern Conference Playoff next season. Since the Houston Rockets is more likely hiring Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard good as gone, the New York Knicks may see Howard a good fit when the NBA free agency season starts this summer.