Dwight Howard

#21 C / Washington Wizards / EXP: 14YRS Height: 6-11 Weight: 265 lb Age: 33 College: None

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Exercises 2019-20 option

    Dwight Howard (back) informed the Washington Wizards on Friday that he would exercise his $5.6 million player option for 2019-20, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.Limited to just nine appearances in his first season in Washington due to a back injury that ultimately required surgery, Howard wasn't likely to find any team willing to pay him $5.6 million had he explored free agency. He thus determined it was in his best interest to exercise his option, ensuring that he'll be back with the Wizards for another season. Though Washington envisioned Howard serving as a stopgap starter at center heading into last season, it's unclear if the 33-year-old will get the opportunity to even compete for a top-unit role if he returns to training camp at full health. Thomas Bryant flashed an intriguing skill set at center during his second NBA season, and the Wizards might not be willing to reduce his playing time in 2019-20 to accommodate Howard. Washington may also bolster its frontcourt through free agency, trade or the draft, which would further reduce Howard's chances of re-emerging as an impact player.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Unlikely to return this season

    Coach Scott Brooks said that it's "pretty safe to say" that Dwight Howard (back) won't return this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.With the Washington Wizards sitting outside of the playoff picture going into the last week of the season, the Wizards seem to be content letting Howard miss the last few games. He's still limited to just non-contact work, meaning he's likely still got quite a bit of progress to make before he'd be ready to return. With Howard expected to miss the remainder of the season, Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant should continue to see the bulk of the workload at center.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Remains limited to non-contact work

    Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that the Washington Wizards haven't shut Dwight Howard (back) down for the season, despite the center being limited to non-contact work on the court, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.The Wizards enter Tuesday's action 4.5 games off the pace for the eighth seed in the Western Conference with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Given the team's position in the standings, there's little incentive at this point to rush Howard back into action even if he turns a corner in what has been a prolonged recovery from back surgery along with a hamstring injury. Expect the Wizards to proceed with Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant as their primary options at center the rest of the way.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Still no updates

    Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that he has no updates on Dwight Howard's (back) recovery, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.Brooks noted that he "won't say it isn't looking good" but followed up by acknowledging that time is running out for Howard to get back on the floor this season. The veteran big man hasn't played since mid-November, and at this point, even if he does return, he'd likely see limited minutes in just a handful of contests.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Suffers minor setback

    Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that Dwight Howard (back) suffered a minor setback when he tweaked his hamstring while doing non-contact drills, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.Howard was already a ways away from his return to the court while he works his way back from back surgery, but now he may have a hamstring injury to go along with it. With that, it appears unlikely that the big man returns before the end of March, and at that point, it puts the remainder of the season in doubt. Howard has appeared in just nine games for the Washington Wizards this season.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Return not imminent

    Though Dwight Howard (back) resumed light workouts Thursday in Washington, his return to game action isn't considered imminent, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.Howard has been barred from on-court activity since undergoing spinal surgery in November and appears set to work out under the supervision of the Washington Wizards' coaching and training staffs before getting reintegrated with teammates in practice. The Wizards will likely wait and see how Howard responds to the light activity before ironing out a timeline for him to practice with teammates, and eventually, resume playing in games. At the very least, expect Howard's absence to extend through March, leaving Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant to fill nearly all the minutes at center until further notice.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Starting on-court work Wednesday

    Dwight Howard (back) will resume on-court work Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.Howard hasn't played since undergoing back surgery Nov. 30, and he's approaching the latter portion of his 2-3 month timetable for a return. Previously rehabbing in Atlanta, Howard coming back to Washington D.C. for on-court work represents a significant step in his recovery, and it's possible we see the center back in uniform by the end of the month. In the nine games he's appeared in this season, Howard posted 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds across 25.6 minutes per game. If he maintains those numbers, it will be the first time in his career that he hasn't averaged a double-double.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Likely out another month

    Dwight Howard (back) appears likely to remain out for at least another month, a person familiar with the center's situation told Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.When Howard first underwent back surgery Nov. 30, the Washington Wizards announced that he would be re-evaluated in 2-to-3 months. The short end of that timeline has arrived, but the Wizards have yet to set a date for his evaluation. With that in mind, Hughes notes that the Wizards aren't expected to check back in on Howard until some point later in February, meaning he likely won't be ready to play again until at least after the All-Star break. Even if Howard demonstrates more progress in his recovery in the coming weeks, there's a real possibility he won't play again until the fantasy playoffs are about to get underway. That makes it tough to justify holding Howard in leagues with limited roster spots and no injured reserve slots.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Updates rehab from back surgery

    Dwight Howard (back) rejoined the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, three weeks after undergoing surgery, Bob Trosset of NBC Sports Washington reports. "Physically, I'm a lot better than I was before the surgery," Howard said. "The nine games I played, I basically played on one leg. So, you know, I'm just happy that that's out the way and I can rehab and get ready for the second half of the season."Howard is expected to miss at least another month -- and likely more -- as he recovers, and said Tuesday that he's essentially limited to walking for the time being. The center, who also underwent surgery in 2012 to repair a herniated disc, plans on doing most of his rehab in his native Atlanta. The hope is that he'll return to basketball activities sometime before the All-Star break.

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    Wizards' Dwight Howard: Likely out 2-to-3 months

    Dwight Howard will undergo surgery to address the pain from his gluteal injury, and the typical recovery time in 2-to-3 months, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.It was reported Thursday that Howard was expected to undergo the procedure, but it is now confirmed with an estimated timetable. The Washington Wizards will likely provide an exact recovery timetable following the surgery, but it can be safely assumed that Howard is in line to miss a large portion of the regular season. Without Howard, Washington will likely continue starting Thomas Bryant, but head coach Scott Brooks has been featuring small-ball lineups as of late and is expected to continue doing so.