- 2015-16 – $22.34 million1
- 2016-17 – $23.28 million (Player Option)
- 2017-18 – UFA
2015-16 Stats as of 12/25/15
- Chicago Bulls
- Dallas Mavericks
- Atlanta Hawks
The heights of Dwight Howard may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean Howard hasn’t been good this season. Yes, the truly elite athleticism is probably gone, though taking a step back from his previous heights still leaves him among the more athletic centers. Yes, the post-game was always overrated and has taken a dip with a dip in his athleticism. Yes, the defense also relied on athleticism a bit and has faded some.
BUT, this is still a top-tier center in the NBA in the short-term. Is a $20+ million contract after this season worth it? Probably not, but trading for him now might be the big move that one of these teams needs.
Despite showing just 12.9 ppg this season, it’s important to remember that he’s below 20% usage for the first since his rookie year and is down about five percentage points from his previous norms. Howard’s PER is certainly lower than normal at 18.4 but that’s still a respectable number when paired with quality defense.
It’s a very high upside, short-term move. But it’s also one of the riskiest potential moves any team could make.