Southeast Notes: Howard, Bazemore, Vucevic, Lamb

Wizards center Dwight Howard is visiting a nerve specialist in Los Angeles to get a second opinion on his strained lower piriformis, according to Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington (Twitter link). Howard has missed the team’s past five games with the injury.

It’s unclear how much longer Howard will be sidelined, but the Wizards’ need for a strong frontcourt piece is clear. The team signed Howard to a two-year deal in free agency with hopes that he could replace Marcin Gortat, doing the dirty work such as setting screens and controlling the glass on both ends of the floor.

Howard, 32, has averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in nine games this season, seeing a career-low 25.6 minutes per contest. The Wizards have primarily started Thomas Bryant in his absence, struggling to start the season with a consistent effort at 8-13.

Washington holds a 4-5 record with Howard active and a 4-8 record with him inactive this season. The team could look to flip contracts for younger pieces and future assets if it continues to struggle, especially if Howard is set to miss extended time.

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2 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Howard, Bazemore, Vucevic, Lamb

  1. Orlando needs to get rid of Gordon, he is not very good. Start Isaac & Vucevic, with Bamba coming as the 6th man, that is their best option moving forward. All 3 could play in the low 30 minutes, be happy & Orlando could hopefully improve their backcourt in exchange for Gordon.

  2. Vucevic has been a very good player for a long time now, and is underrated and under-radar.

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