Rejoice, Wizards fans! Josh Howard is back!
News from the Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A person familiar with the deal says Josh Howard has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Washington Wizards.
The person told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Howard is set to come back after playing only four games with the team last season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been signed.
Howard was acquired in a seven-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 13, but he tore a ligament in his left knee on Feb. 22. The Wizards declined to pick up their option on his contract at the end of the season but left open the possibility of re-signing him.
Howard had surgery in mid-March, with an expected recovery time of six to eight months. He has averaged 15.3 points over seven NBA seasons.
For those of you counting at home, six to eight months from mid-March would mean he’d return between September and November. So he might be ready for the regular season, but chances are, he’ll miss a good chunk of the first month of the season.
That’s not a huge deal considering this team isn’t expecting to make the playoffs, but it’s important to remember that the Wizards only have one other SF on the roster, Al Thornton.
My guess is Cartier Martin makes the team and plays limited minutes until Howard is ready to go.
I’ve been hoping that Ernie Grunfeld would bring Howard back, and this is a great signing for the development of John Wall. Howard is a nice option on the wing who can take some of the pressure off the young stud point guard.
Even better, Josh’s deal is only for one year, at up to 4 million dollars with lots of incentives involved.
I really can’t find a reason to fault Ernie Grunfeld right now. This is scary.