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Warriors Desperately Wanted Dwight Howard Before He Joined the Rockets In 2013

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 24: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets waits on the court before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center on January 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

This offseason, the possibility of Dwight Howard wearing a Golden State Warriors uniform was abandoned. However, this is not the first time that Howard joining the Warriors has ended in a snub.

Following Howard’s initial stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, NBA insider Marc Stein claimed that the Warriors were interested in him. Instead, Howard would choose to join with the Houston Rockets.

Despite the Warriors’ aggressive recruiting, Howard ultimately chose to sign with Houston rather than Golden State. A decade later this time, with Howard now 37 and having spent last season playing in Taiwan, it was the Warriors who passed.”

Marc Stein

Howard would have been a part of a Warriors squad that was just about to hit its peak. In 2015, the franchise won its first championship in four decades. During the following few seasons, it added three more. In two of Howard’s three seasons with the Rockets, the Warriors defeated the Rockets.

The nucleus of the Warriors may not have developed with Howard on board, though. However, the concept of him joining the team at that point in his career would have undeniably been a scary thought for opposing teams.

He will now go elsewhere for chances to play in the league he formerly towered. It is unknown at this point what team, if any, will look to add Howard to their roster for this upcoming NBA season. While not being the dominant All-Star player that he once was in the league, he could still be used as a mentor to younger bigs.

Rumors have circulated that a potential return to the Lakers is possible as well. At 37 years old, this could be the last chance for Howard to compete for winning another NBA championship. Howard won a ring with the Lakers in the bubble back in 2020.