Amid all the turmoil surrounding their franchise cornerstones Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai were able to spice up their offseason roster. Brooklyn was able to ink Edmond Sumner and TJ Warren while landing Royce O’Neale in a trade with the Utah Jazz just before the start of the free agency period.
The Nets have no shortage of attacks on their roster, and sniper Joe Harris returns to a stacked team consisting of Durant, Irving and Seth Curry that’s sure to give them plenty of goals. In addition, three-time NBA All-Star Ben Simmons will join the group to strengthen their defense.
But Simmons, a former Defensive Player of the Year finalist, will be in charge of defending the outside space, leaving a young and inexperienced center at Nicolas Claxton to guard the inside. It’s not exactly a recipe for success for a team with championship hopes like the Nets.
NBA insider Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports says the Nets are still interested in signing former $88 million center Dwight Howard from Houston Rockets to bolster their central defense.
“Dwight Howard’s name is still floating around in the Brooklyn Nets, I’m told,” Robinson said tweeted on 22.09. “Howard is an NBA champion and an eight-time All-Star.”
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Howard remains a free agent and has proven a useful veteran on a championship roster. He did so during his second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 when they won the Disney Bubble title.
But despite not being signed, Howard has been busy in his spare time. He participated in a WWE tryout in Nashville, Tennessee, in July. During an Instagram Live session on September 17, he discussed a possible fight against WWE Legend Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson.
“That would be crazy, I was in the ring and we were both looking at each other. You know how The Rock is… I think I nailed that part.” Howard said about Landon Buford.
A three-time Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time All-Star and NBA Champion with the Lakers, Howard is without a doubt one of the finest big men to ever set foot in the NBA.
But despite his polished resume, he was dropped from the NBA 75th-anniversary team, though players who accomplished less than him received the honor.
It has raised questions about what will happen if Howard is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame after his official retirement. The All-NBA Center says he has undoubtedly earned the Hall of Fame. Whether he is accepted or not is not in his hands.
“It’s not up to me. But I think one day I’ll get the recognition I deserve.” Howard told Scoop B Radio. “Until then, I will keep getting healthy, keep smiling and enjoy life.”
If Howard comes to Brooklyn and plays a significant role in helping the Nets win their first-ever title, it will surely bolster his Hall of Fame case.