Dwight Howard was officially unveiled as a member of the Washington Wizards on Monday, bringing an end to what has been another eventful offseason for 32-year-old.
Howard began the offseason as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, but on July 6, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Hornets sent Dwight to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, the draft rights to Hamidou Diallo, a 2021 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.
Howard was never to stay in Brooklyn though, as he was waived by the team immediately after being acquired. A couple of days later though, after clearing waivers, he signed a deal with the Wizards.
Speaking to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, Howard said he learned he was traded by Charlotte on social media.
He said: “It caught me off guard. I literally was about to walk into an event where I was about to speak to about 5,000 people and I looked at my phone and on Instagram, I see a message that says: ‘Welcome to Brooklyn.'”
While this isn't the first time which a player has found out about his own future with a team through social media, it's still just as disheartening and disrespectful towards all players that find out this way.
Howard signed a two-year deal with the Wizards worth $10.94 million, with a player option in the second year of the contract.
He has played for five different teams, but in the past four years alone, he has played for four different teams.
The eight-time All-Star can be a good player for the Wizards, which in turn will help him remove the claims that he constantly switches teams because he is a locker room issue.
Just like he has said at other teams, the 32-year-old wants to end his career in Washington, but in order for that to happen, he must make sure that he is productive on the court.
Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season with the Hornets.
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