It has been a rollercoaster of emotions for Golden State Warriors fans this past week, as they embarked on a whirlwind ride of anticipation and uncertainty regarding the potential addition of veteran NBA center, Dwight Howard, to their roster.
However, the latest reports have left fans in a state of bewilderment as the franchise seemingly turned its back on the 37-year-old powerhouse. Dwight Howard's journey with the Warriors began with a series of intensive workouts and meetings last week, leading to a tantalizing report from Kron 4 News' Jason Dumas.
According to Dumas, veteran players within the team had seemingly given their blessings to the eight-time All-Star. This glimmer of hope, though, was short-lived as, less than 48 hours later, The Athletic's esteemed Shams Charania dealt a blow to the fans by reporting that the franchise was "not expected to sign Howard or another veteran center ahead of training camp."
GM Dunleavy's Press Conference Response
In an attempt to shed light on this perplexing turn of events, General Manager Mike Dunleavy Jr.
addressed the media during a press conference held on Monday. When probed about the reported decision not to add Howard to the 14th roster spot, Dunleavy offered a vague response, saying, "The player you mentioned was just one of many that we brought in and evaluated.
I think right now you'll know more about who we're inviting to camp in a couple of days. But overall, we feel good about what we've done this summer." Dunleavy's statement was rather cryptic, especially considering the prominence of Howard's career in the NBA.
It's worth noting that the Warriors have put around "40-50 guys in" for workouts over the offseason, but none of them boasts a resume quite like Howard's. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year, fresh from a stint in Taiwan last season, is still searching for another opportunity in the league.
In a recent episode of The Athletic NBA Show, Dunleavy offered a bit more insight, stating, "We have five guys who can give us minutes at the five position." These include veterans Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, and Dario Saric, along with rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis and the recently signed Usman Garuba.
However, it's worth noting that none of these players stands above 6'10", which has raised concerns among Golden State fans regarding their size heading into the upcoming season. While Dunleavy's lack of specific comments on Howard may be due to strategic reasons, the lack of clarity surrounding the situation leaves room for speculation.
Could the soon-to-be 38-year-old Dwight Howard still be in the Warriors' consideration for training camp? Only time will tell as the saga continues to unfold.
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