RUMOR: Warriors might pursue Dwight Howard in NBA free agency

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The Golden State Warriors may not have Kevin Durant anymore, but they are expected to be contenders once again next season with a healthy duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green is still in town as well, but the Warriors need a better center. Dwight Howard could very well be that guy.

According to a report from Monte Poole of NBCS, the Warriors could look to pursue Howard this offseason in NBA free agency.

Howard would be a very intriguing addition for the Warriors. His athleticism would allow him to keep up with the offense and also be a needed presence defensively. In addition, he would not require the ball, which will be in the hands of Curry and Thompson.

During the 2019-20 NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard ended up averaging 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He shot 72.9 percent from the field on the year. Those numbers aren’t “elite,” but they certainly would be a nice addition for the Warriors at the center position.

At 34 years old, Howard is entering the final stage of his NBA career. He won’t want to go anywhere that he can’t compete for a championship. Leaving the Lakers would be a hard decision if there is a chance to return, but a bigger role on the Warriors could be intriguing.

Granted, no one truly knows what to expect from the Warriors next season. They also hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which could be used on an elite young talent or packaged in a trade for a current star.

Expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding the Warriors this offseason. They are going to do everything they can to get back into NBA Finals contention. Dwight Howard may not be the superstar that he once was, but he could be exactly the addition the Warriors need to make this offseason.