Wizards resign Josh Howard
For many years the Dallas Mavericks were hoping to make a championship run with Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki leading the team, yet things did not work out as planned. Ultimately, GM Donnie Nelson decided to trade Howard to the Washington Wizards as multiple injuries and off-court issues prevented the 6-7 forward from being a reliable contributor for the Mavs. Therefore, it is no surprise that Josh Howard was generally considered a risky prospect going into free agency and had to settle for a drastic paycut as he agreed to a one year deal with the Wizards worth roughly $4 million.
That being said, Washington Wizards might find itself in a low-risk/high-reward situation as Howard has proven to be one of the better wing players in the league, provided he is healthy that is. Throughout his seven years in Dallas, he averaged no less than 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 31 minutes per contest. Likewise, he made an appearance at the 2007 NBA All-Star game after helping the Mavericks to a 67-15 record in the regular season. Considering that the Wizards have a very capable backcourt consisting of number one overall pick John Wall and former All-Star Gilbert Arenas, Howard could very well help the franchise from D.C. to make a significant step forward in 2010-11. Similarly, 22-year old starting center Javal McGee has yet to reach his full potential and impressed many experts around the league with a strong performance in training camp for the upcoming 2010 FIBA World Championship. Thus, Josh Howard's performance will most likely be a very important factor as far as Washington being in the playoff race is concerned. If the experiments fails, the franchise can be expected to offer Howard's expiring contract at the trade deadline.
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Tags: Josh Howard, Donnie Nelson, Washington Wizards, John Wall, NBA live
Posted: 17th August 2010
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