NBA Rumors: Sixers work out SF Josh Howard
Newly promoted general manager Tony Dileo is wasting no time when it comes to bringing in players to the Sixers camp. Looking to add more depth to a lacking wing position, the Philadelphia 76ers will work out veteran small forward Josh Howard when training camp opens next week.
The 32-year old Howard appeared in 43 games last season for the Utah Jazz averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in nearly 23 minutes of action. The 10-year NBA veteran player spent majority of his career in a Dallas Mavericks jersey before being traded to the Washington Wizards in 2010 and acquired during free agency by the Jazz.
A former first round pick and Wake Forest alum, the Sixers are hoping that Howard gives that added boost to the wing position in the absence of players like Andre Iguodala and Maurice Harkless. Also, if Howard were to be added to the small 13-man roster, it would open more depth in the rotation for other players to either split time with him or play behind him.
Howard was once an All-Star forward in 2007-2008 when he averaged 19.9 points, seven rebounds, 2.2 assists and was shooting 81.3 percent from the charity stripe all in 36.3 minutes per game. If given the chance, Howard might be able to bounce back to regain some of his former prime or add to the depth off the bench for the Sixers.
“We do want to add to the wing position,” Dileo said. “In the [Andrew Bynum] trade we lost two wing players with Andre Iguodala and Maurice Harkless, so we’re looking at different options at the small forward position and we’ll invite players to camp to see if they fit that role.
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