Dwight Howard Reportedly to Opt Out Final Year of Contract

By Ben Casey

Dwight Howard may hit the free agency market this summer, opting out of the final year of his contract in Houston.

If it seems like there are new developments every day to this year’s edition of the Dwight Howard saga, that’s probably because there are. Within a time span of just about 36 hours, it was reported that Dwight was unhappy playing for the Houston Rockets and was demanding a trade and then that he was just unhappy about losing and never requested a trade.

Most recent of all the reports, a source with inside knowledge to Houston’s situation told USA Today that Howard is likely to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Rockets, worth $23.2 million. Dwight clarified that he has not demanded a trade, however, which should come as a relief to Rockets fans. USA Today released the following quote from Howard:

"“I chose to go to Houston, so why would I just say, ‘I’m not happy’ and leave?’ I chose this place, you know what I’m saying? And I want to make this thing work here. Obviously we haven’t been playing great basketball, and personally for myself my numbers don’t seem like I’ve been playing great, but the only thing on my mind is trying to grow as a man and grow as a teammate and a leader. All the BS that’s around, sometimes it is frustrating to hear it, because I know who I am as a man and I know what I’m trying to do for this city.”"

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With the way his team has been playing, it’s quite understandable for Howard to be less than thrilled with the situation in Houston. If it turns out to be true that he will opt to become a free agent this summer, the Rockets may look to deal Dwight before the trade deadline in February. There has been no official declaration by the Rockets or Howard on whether he will opt out or not, so choosing to trade him now would be hasty to say the least.

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