Dwight Howard finally signs for Washington

Dwight Howard has joined the Washington Wizards. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: Dwight Howard officially signed with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The deal, reportedly for two years and US$11 million (RM44 million) with a player option for the second year, ends a busy few weeks for the 14-year veteran. The Charlotte Hornets traded him to the Brooklyn Nets on June 20 in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, cash, and draft picks.

He then agreed to a buyout with the Nets late last week but first had to clear waivers. That happened on Monday, and on Wednesday he joined the Wizards.

Howard, 32, has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, and two blocks in his career, though his numbers have dipped in recent years (14.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks the past three seasons).

After eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, Howard has played for four clubs in six seasons (not counting the brief tenure with Brooklyn) — one in Los Angeles with the Lakers, three with the Houston Rockets, then one each with the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte over the past two seasons.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs retained two of their own, officially re-signing forwards Rudy Gay and Dāvis Bertāns.

The 31-year-old Gay, entering his 13th season, reportedly signed a one-year, US$10 million (RM40 million) contract. In his first season in San Antonio, Gay averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 57 games (six starts). He opted out after the season, passing on a reported US$8.8 million (RM35.5 million) salary to become a free agent.

Bertāns, a restricted free agent, reportedly got US$14.5 million (RM58.5 million) for the next two seasons. The 25-year-old Latvian made US$1.3 million (RM5.2 million) in 2017-18. Bertans averaged 5.9 points and two rebounds in 77 games (10 starts) last season, shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range. He shot 39.9 percent from deep in 2016-17.