As reported earlier in the day, both Howard and Chris Paul have been exchanging texts, trying to figure out where the two talented players and free agents to be should sign this Summer during NBA free agency.
One of the few teams who could afford both Howard and Paul outright are the Atlanta Hawks, a team who Dwight has reservations about playing for, but would be willing to do so assuming Paul would join him.
Per Chris Broussard:
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have been in consistent contact recently about the possibility of becoming teammates next season, according to league sources.
Paul and Howard will be the biggest free agents on the market this summer, and their desire is to play together, the sources said.
“They would love to play together if somebody can make it happen,” one of the sources said.
The Atlanta Hawks could make it happen. Atlanta, which is Howard’s hometown, has the cap room to sign both players to maximum-salaried contracts.
Howard is not particularly fond of the idea of returning to Atlanta, but he would do so to team up with Paul, the sources said.
There’s no word on why exactly Howard isn’t “fond” of playing in Atlanta, but some athletes do dislike playing in their “hometown”, odd as that might be.
Either way, if the reports from Broussard are true (and anything from Broussard needs to be taken with a grain of salt), it sounds like the two players are doing whatever they can to become teammates.