Dwight Howard says John Wall influenced his decision to join the Wizards

Earlier this summer, John Wall implored the Washington Wizards to make changes to their roster for next season.

In particular, he wanted a more athletic big man to be added to the squad and he ultimately got his wish.

The Wizards recently signed veteran Dwight Howard to a two-year deal after he became available as a free agent.

The center was traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets but quickly secured a buyout so he could join a contending team.

Wall knew Howard was exactly the type of player the team needed and he played his part in convincing him to join Washington.

During the 32-year-old’s introductory press conference with his new team on Monday, he wasted no time thanking the Wizards point guard.

“Shout out to John for reaching out to me …and asking me to join this team,” said Howard, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

The franchise traded Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers to make room for another center to come in.

Howard’s arrival will add another dimension to the Wizards as he can have an impact on both ends of the floor.

The presence of the seven-footer underneath the basket will give Wall easy assist opportunities courtesy of lobs and pick-and-roll action.

The eight-time All-Star is looking forward to playing with the dynamic Washington guard and said he’ll be different to others he’s played with before in his career.

“No disrespect to any of the point guards I played with my in career, John is a different type of animal,” said Howard.

For the first time in his career, the three-time Defensive player of the Year will be playing alongside two All-Stars and that should see him enjoy his game a lot more on the floor.

It’ll give him an opportunity to go out and do what he does best by dominating the paint, blocking shots and getting double-doubles with ease.

The Wizards will certainly hope Howard can return to the days when he was known as ‘Superman’.

“I’ve got the cape, it’s a little dusty,” he said. “There were some holes in it so I had my seamstress take care of it and got it clean.

“I’m looking forward to putting the cape back on and enjoy my time here in D.C.”

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