On February 13th, 2010, small forward Josh Howard had just found out that he was traded to one of the league's worst teams, the Washington Wizards. As if things could not get worse for Howard, they did. On March 16th, 2010 had discovered that he needed surgery on his torn left ACL, and he was going to be out 6-8 months.
Howard, as you can see, has been under a lot of stress and pressure with being traded and then getting injured. In addition, he is being paid over $11M for sitting on the sidelines.
With his career in jeopardy and his future team up for grabs, the Wizards were the first to jump to the conclusion that they could get Howard for a bargain, better than what he was paid last season. If he fully recovers, he could have the chance to be the great small forward he was in Dallas.
While in Dallas, Howard showed signs of becoming a star, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds in the 2007-08 season, in which he was an All-Star. Then minor injury after minor injury set his game back a few seasons.
Then Howard was shipped out to Washington where he was hoping for a new start. And well, that did not happen right away in the few games he did play for the Wizards.
Howard re-signing with the Wizards shows that they still believe he has the talent in him to play and that with having a good young nucleus of players, adding an All-Star like Howard could be a great addition for any NBA team.
Howard, 30, has averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 steals a game over his seven-year career.