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NBA free agency set to tip off busy off-season
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NBA free agency set to tip off busy off-season
Friday July 1st, 2016

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Free agent center Dwight Howard is seeking a contract starting at $24 million per season this off-season, reports Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

Howard will be meeting with teams in Atlanta, his hometown, and is already scheduled to talk with the Hawks and Celtics. 

The 30-year-old declined a $23.2 million player option to stay with the Rockets for another season, after Houston expressed interest in him taking a paycut.

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An eight-time All Star, Howard averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 2015–16. His point average was the lowest since he averaged 12.0 as a rookie in 2004–05.

Howard is among the top centers in free agency this off-season, along with Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside. 

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