The Memphis Grizzlies have traded CJ Miles to the Washington Wizards for Dwight Howard. Six years ago, the center was one of the biggest names in the NBA, pursued by franchises the same way Kawhi Leonard is being wooed this summer. After a series of down years playing for the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Wizards, Howard has become an afterthought. Memphis acquired him to save cap space; they are expected to waive him.
Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN broke the news.
The Grizzlies are trading CJ Miles to Washington for Dwight Howard, league source tells ESPN. Deal saves Memphis $3.1M. Grizzles will waive or trade Howard, per source.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated added that the 33-year-old might not have many options if he wants to further his career.
During the 2008-09 season, Howard averaged 20.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks a game for the Orlando Magic, leading the team to the NBA Finals. Last season Howard played in just nine games, averaging 12.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocks.
If the Grizz waive/buy out Dwight Howard, it's hard to identify any market for him. Wizards got a healthy, highly productive Howard for $5.5 million a year last summer. Howard missed all but nine games last season.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) July 6, 2019
The Grizzlies have also waived former veteran guard Avery Bradley who was guaranteed only $2 million next season.
Grizz aren’t finished. Per source, they have waived veteran SG Avery Bradley. His 2019-20 salary ($12.9M) would have been guaranteed last Thursday. Memphis will have to pay Bradley his $2M guaranteed for next year. Grizz continue to get further below the cap line for more moves.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 6, 2019