Washington Wizards: Ranking each player in terms of trade value

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7. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard has only played 9 games, but for the most part has been productive. He’s averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds, which are career lows for him, but he’s brought the only defensive presence the team has.

Washington looked like they were about to turn a corner upon Howard’s return, but he hasn’t been enough. Despite his glute injury, which is weird in itself, Howard has shown the dedication and is willing to put in the work. After the team lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 119-109, Howard stayed after the game to put up some shots.

Knowing Howard’s past issues, this is not normally his mentality. It shows growth and that he wants to play for a winning team. I’m just not sure everyone else around the league sees it.

His contract is for two-years, $11 million dollars and for the most part is a prove it deal. At this point in his career, Howard is looking to join a winning team so that he can compete for a championship. The team probably wouldn’t get much in return given his recent history and locker room issues, but similar to Rivers, the Wizards could get a draft pick or young piece.

Howard would be one of the pieces I would be most sad about leaving. His dedication this season seems sincere.