Earlier this month, we learned the Golden State Warriors had held internal discussions about signing Dwight Howard. (They ultimately, of course, landed a much more appealing player in DeMarcus Cousins.) Now, Howard has confirmed the Warriors expressed interest in adding him.
As Howard told NBC Sports Washington, he was considering the Warriors until John Wall reached out to recruit him. "Golden State called and I thought about them," Howard said. "But once John sent me that message, I was like man. I couldn't tell him at first, but I was like, 'Man, I'm going to be a Wizard.' That was my mindset."
Howard sounded like an excited kid as he discussed Wall reaching out via Instagram direct message. "No lie, when I saw the message on Instagram, I really got so happy," Howard said. "I was like, 'John just DM'd me, oh man this is crazy!' After that, I really just started to put on my thinking cap. I just thought about all the possibilities. I was like, 'man, this could be the best spot for me.'"
Wall didn't have to put much effort into the message. "He just said, 'Do you want to come to D.C.?' It wasn't too much to be said," Howard relayed. "After he said that, I was like, 'Bro, I'm with it.' That conversation was like a confirmation for me. Him reaching out, I've never had a guy like John Wall as a point guard, so why lose that opportunity?"
Howard, 32, recently said his Hall of Fame resume "speaks for itself"—and he's right.