The Lakers are expected to request permission from the Grizzlies to meet with Howard regarding a potential union, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
After Memphis acquired his rights from Washington in July, Howard is on the Grizzlies' books for the 2019-20 campaign, but the team is expected to release him before the upcoming season. Since Memphis recognizes that Howard isn't part of their future plans, the organization may just be doing him a favor by allowing him to meet with Los Angeles, which has clear need for added depth at center after DeMarcus Cousins (knee) suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a workout last week. Howard apparently has interest in rejoining the Lakers, with whom he spent a tumultuous 2012-13 campaign. Now 33 years old and returning from back surgery, Howard likely wouldn't be asked to play major minutes behind JaVale McGee, who would presumably start at center if the Lakers commit to using Anthony Davis as a power forward.
Howard (back) said in a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic that he has lost 25 pounds since the 2018-19 season ended and added that he has received full clearance for all on-court activities.
The eight-time All-Star was limited to just nine appearances last season with the Wizards, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 boarsd in 25.6 minutes per game before requiring season-ending back surgery. Though the 33-year-old Howard now has a clean bill of health, the fact that he's already undergone multiple back procedures during his career doesn't inspire the utmost confidence in his ability to hold up to an 82-game schedule. Moreover, Howard no longer looks to be an ideal fit in the modern NBA and now finds himself on his fifth team in as many years after the Wizards shipped him to the Grizzles earlier this month. He could be in search of a new home soon, as the Grizzlies are expected to waive him at some point before the start of the upcoming campaign.
Howard was traded to the Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for CJ Miles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Howard was limited to just nine appearances last season after dealing with a back injury that ultimately required surgery. The trade saves Memphis $3.1 million in cap space, and the team seemingly plans to trade or waive Howard. When Howard played in 81 games for Charlotte in 2017-18, he averaged 30.4 minutes, 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Howard (back) informed the 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.
Coach Scott Brooks said that it's "pretty safe to say" that Howard (back) won't return this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
With the 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.
Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that the Wizards haven't shut 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.
Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that he has no updates on 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.
Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that 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 Wizards this season.
Though 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Howard (back) rejoined the 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.
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 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.
Howard (lower body) is expected to undergo surgery to give him much-needed relief from a lingering gluteal injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Howard met with a nerve specialist in Los Angeles to determine what has been causing him pain through the first few months of the season, and it appears surgery may be required to address the issue. It's uncertain as to when he might undergo surgery and how long it would sideline him for, and the big man might seek a second opinion on a course of treatment, per Wojnarowski. More news on Howard's availability moving forward should come in the near future, although it seems as though he'll continue to experience pain and discomfort until the procedure is done.
Howard will meet with a nerve specialist in Los Angeles over his piriformis injury, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Howard missed the first seven games of the year due to lower back pain, which has now caused him to miss the past four games and is being noted as gluteal soreness. More information should emerge after Howard sees a specialist, but he's already been ruled out for Wednesday's game at New Orleans and Friday's game at Philadelphia. While Howard remains out, Thomas Bryant is expected to continue starting at center.
Howard (lower body) will not travel with the Wizards on their upcoming two-game roadtrip, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Howard continues to nurse a lower body issue that's kept him out of the last five games. He'll miss Wednesday's game in New Orleans and Friday's game in Philadelphia, meaning his next chance to play will come Saturday, when the Wizards play host to Brooklyn.
Howard (lower body) is out Wednesday against the Pelicans.
Howard will miss a fifth straight contest while recovering from gluteal soreness. Thomas Bryant is expected to continue filling in as the Wizards' starting center for the remainder of Howard's absence.
Howard (lower body) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Rockets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Howard will miss a fourth consecutive game Monday, as he continues to battle a lower-body injury. With the big man out, look for Thomas Bryant to pick up another start at center, and that could continue for at least two additional games, as the Wizards hit the road for matchups with the Pelicans (Wednesday) and Sixers (Friday) this week. At this point, it's unclear if Howard will make the trip with the team.
Howard (lower body) was not at shootaround Monday morning, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Howard continues to deal with a lower-body issue that's cost him the last three games. The Wizards haven't officially ruled him out of Monday's matchup with the Rockets, but his absence from shootaround isn't exactly a positive indication. If Howard sits out again, expect Thomas Bryant to make another start at center.
Howard (lower body) is out Saturday against the Pelicans.
Howard tested things out during pregame warmups but remains in too much discomfort to place. Thomas Bryant should continue starting for the remainder of Howard's absence.
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