Howard gave back $5M in buyout with Nets

Dwight Howard signed a two-year deal with Washington this summer.

Dwight Howard agreed to give back $5 million in his buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Howard is getting a similar amount with the Washington Wizards after signing a two-year, $11 million deal. The Wizards traded Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers and were in need of a starting center.

Howard was initially due $23.8 million in the final season of his deal that the Nets acquired from the Charlotte Hornets.

Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall says Howard used to tell him how fond he was of his game.

“Before when we used to play, he was always like: ‘I want to play with you,’ ” Wall recalled. “I’m like … ‘one day maybe it can happen. You never know in this league.’ ”

Howard was fairly productive with the Hornets in 2017-18. He averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent from the field in 81 games.

Since requesting a trade from the Orlando Magic, Howard has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Hornets. He’s been unable to stay anywhere and is reportedly a huge locker room issue.

Wall, however, says despite Howard’s past issues, he’s excited to play with the big man.

“I think it’s great,” Wall said. “I think it’s an opportunity to see how it pans out, to have an athletic big and somebody who’s going to re-correct their career. I think it should be fun and exciting for us. Hopefully he comes in with a serious focus and mind-set (that) he wants to get better and help our team. We’re about to sit back and see what happens.”