April 18, 2019, 12:35 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard is likely to pick up his $5.6 million player option for next season.
Howard was limited to nine games because of back/glute problems, so it's not surprising that he'd quickly opt in as it'd be surprising if another team offered him that much on the open market. His presence is going to be a headache for fantasy players that are already looking at Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis for next year.
Source: The Athletic
April 9, 2019, 11:33 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard finished his campaign with the Wizards averaging 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks with a .623 mark from the field and .604 mark from the line in nine games.
Those numbers would be disappointing in a normal season for Howard, and he was a complete non-factor by only appearing in nine games this year due to back/glute injuries that ultimately required surgery. His 25.6 mpg were a career-low by a wide margin, though his mark from the free throw line is the second-highest of his career. Even so, the bad far outweighed the good here and while Dwight is expected to be ready for next season, he’s got plenty of questions to answer for fantasy owners. Howard was a top-185/220 player (8/9-cat) on a per-game basis and outside the top-400 in terms of total value. His history of back problems is a major concern.
March 27, 2019, 8:45 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Scott Brooks said on Wednesday that "It's pretty safe to say" that Dwight Howard will not suit up for the rest of the year.
This shouldn't come to much of a surprise, and likely won't affect anyone's fantasy teams moving forward. Thomas Bryant is still the center to own in Washington for the rest of the year.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
March 11, 2019, 6:05 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard (back surgery, hamstring) is without a timetable for a return, and may not return this season according to coach Scott Brooks.
Brooks said "won't say it isn't looking good" but continued with "time is running out." This is bad news for Howard, but if you own Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis, they should be able to hold their value for the rest of the season.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
March 5, 2019, 2:02 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
According to coach Scott Brooks Dwight Howard had a “minor setback,” with his hamstring while working his way back from back surgery.
Howard progressed to on-court work a few weeks ago in hopes of a return this season. Howard is running out of time to make an impact down the stretch and can be avoided in fantasy leagues with Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis holding down the fort during his absence.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 12:35 amDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard will return to Washington D.C. and start on-court work on Wednesday.
Dwight has been recovering from November spine surgery, and it's good to see him progressing. He's still a few steps away from playing, and with the injuries he's been dealing with this season, it's hard to see him being useful outside of deep free throw punt teams. More likely, the greatest impact he'll have is eventually taking a few minutes from Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 31, 2019, 10:45 amDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard will likely remain a spectator for at least another month to recover from his back surgery.
According to a person familiar with the situation, it is looking like Howard will be re-evaluated on the third month of his timetable with regards to how he's progressing so far. From there, he would first have to go through practice and show that he'll be able to handle five-on-five full contact drills before officially returning to the court. There's no official word yet on Dwight being shutdown for the season so fantasy owners can try selling high on Thomas Bryant while he's starting and playing well in place of Howard.
Source: NBC Sports
January 28, 2019, 7:43 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
The Wizards are hoping to get an idea on Dwight Howard's status after the All-Star break.
Wednesday will mark exactly the end of two months since Howard's surgery on his back. He originally had a 2-3 month timetable, so this news is not a huge update. That said, it appears that the Wizards have not ruled out a return for the big man this season. While he's not worth a stash at the moment, this could be an omen to look for a sell-high play for Thomas Bryant, who has been playing reasonably well in his stead.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
December 20, 2018, 12:12 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard says he's pain-free just three weeks after his back surgery.
Howard says he can now do a number of things that he couldn't before surgery, including sit down, touch his toes and put socks on. It goes to show just how much pain he was in after suffering the injury in the preseason, and it's actually impressive that he made it into nine games while basically playing "on one leg." While it's good to see Howard feeling healthy again, the Wizards don't plan to re-evaluate him for another month at least.
Source: Washington Post
November 30, 2018, 6:50 pmJeff Green - F - Washington Wizards
Jeff Green (back) will start on Friday for Otto Porter (personal).
Green had previously been called questionable so it’s good to see him out there. He’s been a low-end play on the season but has more opportunities to produce with Porter and Dwight Howard (glutes) out.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
November 30, 2018, 5:00 pmOtto Porter Jr. - F - Washington Wizards
Otto Porter (personal) is expected to return for Saturday’s game against the Nets.
The excellent news for Porter’s owners hoping to have him help out for the end of the week. Porter has started out a bit slow, but with Dwight Howard (glute surgery) out for a few months, hopefully Porter will have a chance to improve on his top-50 9-cat value on the season. Another bit of related news is Jason Jones at the Athletic has reported that the Sacramento Kings are interested in trading for Porter.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
November 30, 2018, 1:53 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
As of Friday's reports, Dwight Howard will be re-evaluated in two to three months following surgery on his back.
There's been a whirlwind surrounding Howard this season, and the injury issues are certainly something that has plagued him over the last couple seasons. It's been a big fall from grace for one of the past superstars in this league, and it's hard to imagine him being impactful in this form. We'll see how he progresses after the injury.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
November 30, 2018, 11:22 amDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard will undergo surgery to alleviate pain from his lower back/glute.
Howard has only appeared in nine games for the Wizards this season and the surgery is a major blow for their frontcourt. Thomas Bryant has been holding down the starting center job with Howard out, but has yet to play more than 18 minutes. Look for Markieff Morris, Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre to benefit the most as the Wizards play more small-ball. We should have a better idea of Howard's timetable following the surgery, but it is typically a two-three month window.
Source: Sham Charania on Twitter
November 30, 2018, 12:35 amDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard will most likely undergo surgery to help recover from his glute injury.
Howard saw a specialist and this was the recommended route for recovery but he is going to seek a second opinion before making a final decision. We never liked him much as a fantasy option to begin the year and this is pretty much the nail in the coffin for him.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter