After One Season, Dwight Howard is Already Unhappy in Atlanta
It seems like yesterday Dwight Howard was crying at a press conference about being signed by his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks.
That feeling has apparently wore off.
After just one season and a 1st round exit in the playoffs, Howard is not happy about his role in ATL.
Howard saw his minutes and points per game reach the lowest its been since his rookie season with Orlando. He displayed his unhappiness during the exit interviews this week, and it had an awfully similar look and sound to it.
“It’s very difficult,” Howard said this week about playing just 26 minutes per game against the Wizards. “I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference, make an impact and can’t do that on the bench.”
Dwight’s unhappiness stems from the fact that he’s in his 13th season and he’s not getting any younger, and a 1st-round exit is just not going to cut it.
“It’s my 13th season, so I’m pissed. I don’t get younger. I’m not going to be 25, 26. So, yeah, I’m pissed. I’m upset, because we’re not playing no more. I want to play. I don’t want to watch someone else hold up the trophy.”
Howard is 31-years-old and he signed a three-year deal with the Hawks last offseason worth more than $70 million. According to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Atlanta could get little more than a second-rounder and cap relief to unload his contract if they chose to go that route.
A poll of 8 NBA front office execs has yielded that — best case — the @ATLHawks could get a 2nd-rounder and cap relief for Dwight Howard.
— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) May 2, 2017