Dwight Howard is reportedly working toward a buyout with his new team the Brooklyn Nets. Here are reasons for and against the Bucks signing him.
NBA Free Agency technically begins on July 1 and the Milwaukee Bucks could be players. Albeit, very small players, but players nonetheless. That’s where Dwight Howard enters the picture.
Howard isn’t technically a free yet, but is working toward a buyout. He was shipped to the Brooklyn Nets in a trade from the Charlotte Hornets that was essentially a cap-saving move for the Nets. Brooklyn gave up two future second-round picks, cash and Timofey Mozgov in exchange for Howard.
The trade allowed the Hornets to avoid being close to the salary tax and will also allow Brooklyn to save cap space if they agree to a buyout with Howard.
Once he is a free agent, the complications only begin for the Bucks. They have a lot of free agent decisions to make this summer, beginning with restricted free agent Jabari Parker. However, if they are going to maximize their cap space without moving one of their bad contracts (Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson or Tony Snell), they are going to have to waive Branding Jennings and Tyler Zeller and renounce their rights on Shabazz Muhammad.
If all that happens, they will be able to use the full non-tax mid-level exception of $8.6 million. Will that be enough to land someone like Howard? That’s a whole separate discussion. For now, let’s take a look at three reasons for and against signing the former No. 1 overall pick.