Chris Paul, after posing for pictures with his white Warriors No. 3 jersey in Las Vegas, didn’t shy away from the bizarreness of his new reality, twice saying, “I never thought I’d see the day.”
A wild Warriors spotlight could grow bigger and brighter with another tantalizing addition. The Warriors are expected to meet early this week with Dwight Howard and work out the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as another veteran free agent the franchise is considering for one of their final two open roster spots.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first to report the news Friday, citing multiple league sources.
Meetings will be even more important than the product Howard displays on the court. Will the 37-year-old former star show a willingness to put his past accolades to the side? His mindset has to be selfless, and he can’t let his Hall of Fame credentials get in the way. Would he be a locker-room distraction and cause chaos for a team that already is facing chemistry questions after last season’s issues? Bringing in Paul already was seen as a risk here, and Howard certainly would be initially seen as one from the outside as well.
Howard himself has shown interest in joining the Warriors in years past, and as recently as last year. On an episode of “Club Shay Shay” a little under a year ago, Howard explained to Shannon Sharpe why he would be a perfect fit for Golden State as the team still was figuring out the future of center James Wiseman.
“Oh man, that’s perfect,” Howard said. “I’ve been a warrior my whole life. I started out at my school as a Warrior. They need a big. I know they have Kevon Looney and I know they have the young boy Wiseman. But I’m Dwight Howard. Wiseman can learn so much from me, because he’s headed in that direction of being a great young big man.
“Even in that situation, playing with all shooters like that – Steph [Curry], the way he gets open with me setting screens, he’s going to get more wide open. Klay [Thompson] is the same way. Draymond [Green] in the pick and roll with me and him. Me being able to teach Wiseman…
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Publish date : 2023-09-18 19:51:10
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