The Dwight era in Washington is over. The Wizards have traded the injury-riddled center to the Memphis Grizzlies for CJ Miles. Memphis plans to either cut or trade Howard as soon as the trade is completed.
Howard’s one season in D.C. was very brief playing in only nine games due to hamstring injury and a back/glute injury. In those nine games Howard showed flashes of his former self at times scoring 12.8 points per game and grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game.
Howard was tagged for a $5.5 million salary after he picked up his player option in April. Howard’s departure will allow the Wizards to start the young and blossoming Thomas Bryant at center and allow the recently acquired Mo Wagner to have an expanded role in the offense. It’s unclear what Ian Mahimi’s role on the team will be.
The Wizards will take in some small depth on the wing with Miles’ ability to play both shooting guard and small forward. Miles was acquired by the Grizzlies in a midseason trade with the eventual champion Toronto Raptors and saw more action with the Grizzlies.
In 53 games Miles came off the bench in 52 of them and averaged 16.2 minutes per game split between the two aforementioned teams. In his expanded role with the Grizzlies, Miles averaged 9.3 points per game and shot 40% from the field including a respectable 36.4% from deep.
The Wizards will take on Miles’ $8.7 million salary for the season. Miles will become a free agent after the season.
The Wizards have now -$17.2 million in cap space but still hold a Non-taxpayer Mid-Level Exception contract to use and the Disabled Player Exception (if granted by the NBA) for John Wall’s achilles injury.
So much for staying with the Wizards with the rest of your career, Dwight.