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The Golden State Warriors To Meet With Future Hall-of-Famer Dwight Howard

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Dwight Howard attends Special Los Angeles Screening Of Netflix's "The Redeem Team" at TUDUM Theater on September 22, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard may be looking to take flight with the Golden State Warriors this season. Due to their need for size, the Warriors have some intriguing talents. The eight-time All-Star is set to meet with the Warriors about joining their roster for this season.

Howard last played in the league during the 2021-2022 season with the Lakers. During that season he averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 60 total games with the team. In his 18-year NBA career, the former No. 1 overall pick has played for seven different teams, and he was a member of the Lakers’ 2019–20 championship squad.

Howard, 37, played for the Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwan during the previous season, and it’s obvious that he wants another crack at the NBA. Over the course of 20 games, he scored 23.2 points and grabbed 16.2 rebounds per game.

Howard hasn’t been shy about his desire to sign with the Warriors in recent years, saying in 2022 that he could have helped former No. 2 overall selection James Wiseman, whom Golden State dealt to the Detroit Pistons last year.

The Warriors and free-agent center Usman Garuba reached a two-way agreement while they waited for Howard to meet. The Houston Rockets selected Garuba in the first round of the 2021 draft, and over the previous two seasons, he played in 99 games, averaging 2.8 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Howard joining the Warriors would likely be his final way to make his return to the NBA. Joining a contender would lead him to have the opportunity to help the team out immediately.