Dwight Howard may be joining the aging Warriors squad in the near future.
According to reports, the 37-year-old big man has taken part in a two-day workout with Golden State and the veteran-laden locker room is keen to add him to the mix. Jason Dumas of KRON4 and 95.7 The Game reported Wednesday that “The vets have signed off on the idea of bringing Dwight into the fold” and that a decision could be coming shortly
The Warriors still have two full-time roster spots remaining with training camp set to begin on Oct. 2. Golden State already has one of the oldest cores in the league, led by Stephen Curry (35), Draymond Green (33), Klay Thompson (33) and Chris Paul (38).
Though Howard was out of the NBA last season, Golden State could use some frontcourt depth behind starting center Kevon Looney. Howard most recently played in Taiwan after an 18-year run in the NBA that includes eight All-Star bids, but none since 2013-14.
If Howard signs with the Warriors, we can expect it to be a veteran minimum deal, which would make it a low-risk, low-reward type of proposition. The veteran center isn’t expected to be Superman any longer, but if he could spell Looney with quality minutes at the 5, it could be a huge benefit for the Warriors.
Howard played in 60 games with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2021-22 season, averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 61.2 percent from the field. Listed at 6-foot-10, 265 pounds, Howard would immediately slot in as the biggest guy on the undersized Warriors this season. It remains to be seen if Andre Iguodala will run it back for a 20th season, but Howard could be the final roster addition until training camp.
2023-24 WARRIORS ROSTER
1. Steph Curry
2. Klay Thompson
3. Andrew Wiggins
4. Draymond Green
5. Kevon Looney
6. Chris Paul
7. Dario Šarić
8. Jonathan Kuminga
9. Moses Moody
10. Gary Payton II
11. Cory Joseph
12. Brandin Podziemski (rookie)
13. Trayce Jackson-Davis (rookie)
16. Lester Quinones (two-way)
17. Usman Garuba (two-way)
19. Jerome Robinson (training camp invite)
20. Kendric Davis (training camp invite)
21. Javan Johnson (training camp invite)
22. Jayce Johnson (training camp invite)
23. Donovan Williams (training camp invite)