Dwight Howard to Play in Orlando, Donate Remainder of Game Checks
With the clock ticking, Dwight Howard has decided to opt in for Orlando.
Howard confirmed his plans to join the team in an appearance on CNN. According to the Los Angeles Lakers big man, he plans to donate the remainder of his game checks to a charity called Breathe Again. After news of Avery Bradley deciding to sit the remainder of the season, this comes as great news for the Lakers who have championship aspirations.
Howard, meanwhile, has had a difficult past few months since the on-set of the NBA’s hiatus. Back in march, he lost the mother of his six-year old child, who died suddenly because of complications from epilepsy. Howard was also one of the prevalent NBA figures who spoke out on the topic of social reform over the past couple of months.
“We have been working very closely — and I’ve been in contact with Dwight often and his agent,” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said back on June 30. “As you guys know, there was an opt-out date that Dwight did not give notice that he was opting out. So we are going to continue to work through those extenuating circumstances with Dwight, support him, support his 6-year-old son and hope for the best that he would be a part of our roster in Orlando. But that will be a continued process.”
A tough but honourable decision made by Howard, his teammates will be more than happy to see the center back in the fold down in Orlando.