Posted by Matt Moore
We were perplexed by Josh Howard remaining on the market. Even with the age, injury, and off-court issues, Howard is still a productive player and considering the players already signed, it was bizarre that no one had taken a flyer on the 30-year-old. Well, the bizarreness is over.
The Washington Post reports that the Wizards have re-signed Howard for one year at $4 million with incentives. The deal allows for the Wizards to fill out a weak small forward position with a capable veteran at a reasonable price. Howard is still recovering from a torn ACL that ended his season just as he joined the Wizards. He's not expected to be available for training camp, so the Wizards will likely still be looking to add to their small forward depth.
It's important for the Wizards to give John Wall weapons to work with in his first season, and Howard fits that model, with range, if he can come back effectively. It'll be important after this season to actualize a plan to build young talented pieces around him, but until then, a season giving him tools to work with is enough, and for the price, Howard works out.
Maybe he'll struggle coming back from injury or have chemistry issues as he did in Dallas down the stretch. But it's also possible he could be the kind of signing that helps give the Wizards a few more wins. And this season, that's all they're looking for. Well, that and nobody shooting each other. That's a good thing to aim for as well.