Dwight Howard Rumors: Houston Rockets Center Opts Out

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Jun. 21 2016, Updated 3:21 p.m. ET

Dwight Howard rumors suggest the Houston Rockets center is opting out of his deal. These Howard rumors won’t surprise Rockets fans, as it has long been assumed that he would test free agency for a new contract. A report from ESPN states that Howard already informed the Rockets of his decision, choosing to decline a player option that would have paid him about $23.2 million for the 2016-17 NBA season.

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Howard will now be able to sign a free agent deal with a new NBA team during the offseason. The NBA free agency period begins on July 1, giving a lot of time for new Dwight Howard rumors to pop up. This is where nearly every team in the league that needs a big man will get mentioned as a possible destination for the All-Star center. The only team that is safe to count out of the bidding war would be the Los Angeles Lakers as his tenure there did not end very well.

During the 2015-16 NBA season, Dwight Howard started 71 games for the Houston Rockets. He finished the season with averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game. His scoring numbers were down a bit, but he was also taking fewer shots. Howard averaged only 8.5 shot attempts per game last year, which is the lowest number he has had since his rookie season. It is also a distance from the 22.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per game he averaged in the 2010-11 NBA season for the Orlando Magic.

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