Dwight Howard will make a long awaited return to USA Basketball after a six year absence.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the Houston Rockets center has signalled his intent to play in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball.
Howard's return to the pool of players at the disposal of Team USA ahead of this summers tournament, set to be held in Spain, paves the way for the player to be part of the national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Howard first played for Team USA in 2006 at the World Championships, and went on to represent his country at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship before winning the Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the team's starting center.
However, since then the seven-time All-Star has chosen to concentrate on the NBA.
The former Orlando Magic, and LA Lakers player signed for the Houston Rockets as a free agent in July 2013.
And his stats this season certainly warrant consideration, averaging 18 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and helping the Rockets to a 28-15 record.