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Dwight Howard signs with Washington Wizards

Dwight Howard (AP file photo)

The Washington Wizards announced the signing of free-agent center Dwight Howard on Thursday.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on July 6 Howard's deal with the Wizards was reportedly a two-year, $11 million deal that includes a player option.

Howard, an eight-time All-Star, averaged 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds last season with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Brooklyn Nets picked up Howard in a draft-day trade with the Hornets for center Timofey Mozgov and the 45th pick in June's NBA draft, according to ESPN.

ESPN reported the Nets finalized a contract buyout with Howard, which opened the path for the Wizards to sign him.

The former Defensive Player of the Year becomes the Wizards starting center after the team traded center Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for Austin Rivers in June.

Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 assists in his 14-year career with Orlando, the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and Hornets.

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