Dwight Howard joined John Wall in Washington this summer with hopes of making a run in the LeBron-less Eastern Conference next season. It’s Howard’s fourth team in four years and the sixth in his career, and all it took was a direct message from Wall to make it happen.
In speaking to NBC Sports Washington, Howard said a message from Wall on Instagram got him excited about the potential of becoming a Wizard. He had been in talks with the Warriors, but Wall’s invitation got opened him up to the possibilities in D.C.
“Shoutout to John for reaching out to me and asking me about joining this team,” Howard said.
Howard, in fact, hadn’t really thought about the Wizards much at all when he began contemplating his next step as he processed a trade by the Hornets and a looming buyout by the Nets. It was while he was considering his options that he received a message on Instagram from Wall.
“No lie, when I saw the message on Instagram, I really got so happy. I was like ‘John just DM’d me, oh man this is crazy!’ After that, I really just started to put on my thinking cap,” Howard said. “I just thought about all the possibilities. I was like ‘man, this could be the best spot for me.'”
With rumored turmoil on the Wizards’ roster the past couple of years, it sounds like Wall and Howard are a duo that are ready to get along. Maybe they can get Washington over the hump in the East.
And it’s not surprising Howard was considering the Warriors first.