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Washington Wizards Set to Sign Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard is set to become the latest member of the Washington Wizards. He will sign a mid level exception with the Wizards after he is bought out by the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets acquired Howard a few weeks ago via a trade from the Charlotte Hornets and they planned on buying him out. Howard will official be able to sign with the Wizards once the trade is official and he can be waived.

Washington is in desperate need of a center because they traded away Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards have been busy trying to build a team that can compete in the Eastern Conference. They will realize that Howard isn't going to help them much and regret trading Gortat away.

The problem with Howard is that while he puts up good numbers, he doesn't impact the game. His offense slows down a team's pace and can be counter effective against teams that play a fast pace. He is also a bad one on one defender and is hopeless in pick and rolls on the defensive end. Teams will go after him and there is not much Howard can do about that.

Teams haven't found much success with Howard on their roster the past couple of years. He has been traded a lot and he is too blame for that a lot. He has problems getting along with players and tends to be ostracized for his lack of effort at times.

Last year with the Hornets, Howard put up a double-double with 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. That sounds nice on paper but on the court, it may be meaningless. The Wizards will have to figure out how to use Howard effectively or they may have yet another early playoff exit next season.

This article was originally published on @ahaqir