Former NBA Executive Connects Warriors With Free Agent Dwight Howard


Warriors Otto Porter Jr. (left) and Klay Thompson celebrate the 2022 NBA Championship.

The Warriors have mostly completed their season, with a movebook that has them ready to compete again for the NBA Championship this season. They drafted Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins, and added goalkeeper Donte DeVincenzo and striker Jamaishaal Green, while losing Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II and Nemanja Bellica. They have 13 players now on contract.

They could still fill a gap, and ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks, who was an assistant GM for the Brooklyn Nets, thought about how to fill it: future Hall-of-Fame center Dwight Howard, eight-time All-Star and two-time closed-ball champion champ .

Marx said the other contenders might have eyes on Howard, but it would make sense for the Warriors—under certain circumstances.

Marks wrote of Howard’s future: “On paper, the answer is Brooklyn, but the probability is that we see Ben Simmons playing most minutes in the middle.” “The Nets also have Nick Claxton and Daeron Sharp in a backup role. Golden State could use Howard but only if James Wiseman suffers a setback and Andre Iguodala retires. The Clippers need size, but due to tax implications, they likely won’t hold 15 guaranteed contracts to start the season.”

Fit Howard if Wiseman wasn’t ready

Howard is now 36 years old, far from his days as one of the NBA’s most dominant players. He remains a free agent this summer after playing last year with the Lakers, his third stint with that team, averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes.

This is all that backup center warriors need in their style of play. Last season, Golden State used starter Kevin Looney for 21.1 minutes per game in the center, Nemanja Bielica reserve 16.1 minutes and filled the rest with Draymond Green and Porter as small ball positions.

This year, Porter is gone but the JaMychal Green characters took the little ball minutes in the middle. Howard could be an option to fill in the gaps.

Of course, the ideal situation is Wiseman’s comeback from the frustrating knee injury that had him constantly moving toward a comeback last year, and he’s never been able to get back on the field for Golden State. This is another of Marx’s caveats – if Weizmann plays well, Howard will not be needed.

The Warriors rejected all of Weizmann’s inquiries

Wiseman was the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and the Warriors are still investing a lot in his development. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds as a rookie, and played 21.4 minutes for the injured Warriors, before suffering a knee injury.

It’s been the subject of commercial inquiries repeatedly over the past years, but as Heavy Sports NBA insider Steve Ballpitt said, the Warriors have no plans to move it. If he was healthy, he would be the man.

“They’re sure he’s fine, and I’m not going to let anyone within five miles of him, you know?” Bulpett said in a video interview. “If someone calls and says he’s interested in Ja – I hang up. Don’t take out the full name. This guy could be a monster. Big body, good movement, good touch, all of those things. He has a chance to be a major player. They’ve had their bad times.” To have a guy like that they would never have had. If you look at the Golden State and say, OK, what’s the hole in their lineup? Well, they don’t have the dominant huge guy type. This guy could be that.

“Will he be healthy? If he is, yes, wrap your arms around him, and call him every night and tell him you love him and won’t let him go.”

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