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August 30, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats working out ex-Wake Forest star Josh Howard

    Former Wake Forest forward Josh Howard is doing some workouts with the Charlotte Bobcats this week, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed.

                The Bobcats’ interest in Howard at this point is still exploratory, as they consider ways to fill out their roster. The Bobcats would like to have another power forward, and have previously considered Antawn Jamison, Kris Humphries and Carl Landry, who all signed elsewhere. Howard, 6-7, has played both power and small forward.

                Howard, a Winston-Salem native, played his first 6 ½ NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, before being traded to the Washington Wizards during the 2009-10 season. That same trade sent now-Bobcats center Brendan Haywood to the Mavericks.

                Last season Howard played on a one-year contract with the Utah Jazz.

                Howard, 32, has a career 14.5 points per game average and made one All-Star Game
appearance in 2007. But last season with the Jazz his average was down to 8.7 points on 40 percent shooting from the field.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 30, 2012 at 09:26 AM | Permalink


Donte Green was working out in Charlotte also when he fracture his ankle. HMMMMMm

Posted by: Drew | Aug 30, 2012 9:59:45 AM

I am a big Howard fan and this would be a great move for our team....

it is ashame his comments about smoking have hurt his career...

Posted by: Scott Silverstein | Aug 30, 2012 10:22:43 AM

His comments about smoking didn't hurt his career. It's no secret that a lot of NBA players smoke weed. I know a few of them that do but I'll never say.

Posted by: DS | Aug 30, 2012 11:18:42 AM

SIGN HIM!!! one of the few players in the nba that plays great defence

Posted by: 336nda704 | Aug 30, 2012 11:22:05 AM

Josh Howard is a small forward who can play some power forward - just like Gerald Wallace. In fact, Howard and Gerald are very similar players.

They got rid of Gerald, who did so much for this franchise, in the name of a rebuilding project. And now they're looking into signing J.H., who is two years older than Crash - who was the fans' favorite ?!! How would that affect playing time for the small forwards - Kidd Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor - we drafted ? They need to be developed as pros; that's rebuilding.

I hope this doesn't happen, and they'll try to get a real PF, which is what we need.

Posted by: Sandy | Aug 30, 2012 2:05:11 PM

I have to agree with Sandy. We don't need another 3.

Posted by: apauldds | Aug 30, 2012 4:13:58 PM

I am actually stunned that Howard is already 32 years of age. WOW, where did the time go? All of that potential and Josh really never reached it. I'd still sign him, as he offers a different dynamic at the SF position than what either MKG or JT can offer.

Let's milk whatever Josh Howard has left.

Posted by: Cats of Charlotte | Aug 30, 2012 6:17:28 PM

Howard and Wallace are not similar players. Howard has a better jumpshot, plays better defense, and plays more controlled then Wallace. Wallace was too reckless and injury prone. That's why they got rid of him Sandy. And who exactly do you want them to get that is available right now that's a "real PF"?
Signing Howard would be great. He's another NC native and I'm sure playing back home would help him.

Posted by: defensewinsgames | Aug 31, 2012 7:25:11 AM

Are people still complaining about the Gerald Wallace trade?

Posted by: DS | Aug 31, 2012 9:34:03 AM

I would be very happy to see the Ex-Deac in a bobcats uniform.

Posted by: J-Dubs | Aug 31, 2012 10:28:55 AM

dwg, your allergic reactions to several former Bobcats are well known.

Josh H. USED to be a better shooter than Gerald, many years ago. Things changed.
Here are their 3 point shooting percentages for recent seasons. J.H.: 27% in '09-'10, 27% in '10-'11, 24% in '11-'12. G.W.: 37% in '09-'10, 33% in '10-'11, 31% in '11-'12.

Howard, a better defender than Gerald ? Based on what ? In this regard, they're about even. Gerald was always one of our best defenders.

You wanna talk about injuries ? Of course, durability matters. In the last three seasons Josh H. missed 134 games due to recurring injuries. In these same three seasons, Crash missed 33 games. Yes, he was available for 101 games more than Josh H.

Evidently, I got over that trade quite some time ago - and I'm sure Gerald is happy to be in Brooklyn now. I had no intention to mention this again, if it wasn't for the amazing absurdity of even thinking of signing J.H.


You conveniently overlook my main point here: this team is in a rebuilding process, which was started by trading away the team's best veterans. When you have two very talented rookies at SF, who need to be developed, you don't bring in a 32 years old veteran at the same position.

Posted by: Sandy | Aug 31, 2012 1:12:26 PM

^Somebody still mad Wallace gone? LOL. Sandy, your an idiot if you think Josh Howard won't help this team. Your comments are long written and short sighted ALL THE TIME. Your opinions are based on your feelings for players. Please, just stay in the kitchen.

Posted by: defensewinsgames | Sep 2, 2012 7:17:22 AM

His comments about smoking didn't hurt his career. It's no secret that a lot of NBA players smoke weed. I know a few of them that do but I'll never say.

Posted by: DS | Aug 30, 2012 11:18:42 AM

wow. great job keeping this quality info close to the vest. i'm gonna go on a limb and say that you're full of shit.

Posted by: RobbieDerhak | Sep 3, 2012 11:14:24 PM

i don't see the need for another 3 at all. especially when thomas can play the 3 also and we have like 5 shooting guards on the roster as well. only need we potentially have is an additional big or an additional point guard.

wallace trumps howard NOW but wallace never hit the level that howard once did. Howard feels younger because he played 4 years of college ball and wallace played 1. wallace is younger but has been in the league longer. howard never walked away from game tying free throws over a non-injury.

and someone name an nba player that doesn't smoke weed. Every maid service, chauffeur, valet, VIP waitress, Hotel workers, etc. in every major city know that. at the same time, most fortune 500 execs do too.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 4, 2012 11:03:23 AM

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