The Hawks acquired Howard last summer after moving on from Al Horford, who later signed with the Celtics. He signed a three-year, $70.5 million dollar deal with the Hawks. Howard made $23.1 million in his first year of the deal.
Howard said on ESPN’s The Jump earlier in June that he was working on his three-point shot to adapt to the small ball wave.
“I’ve been working on my threes,” Howard said, “really trying to add some range to my game, which is gonna be weird for people to see, I guess, because they’re used to seeing me in the paint battling. But in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game.”
It was an early sign of just how much Howard’s stock has dropped in the past couple of seasons. Once the most dominant center in the game, he was now looking to add the three-point shot into his arsenal.
Howard averaged 13.5 points per game in his first year with the Hawks, his lowest scoring season since his rookie year in the NBA. He had butted heads with point guard Dennis Schröder more than once during the season, and it was clear the pair was not going to work out.
The trade shows just how much the Hawks were willing to get rid of Howard, no matter what the deal was going to be.
It’s the first move under new GM Travis Schlenk, who came over from the Warriors after working under Bob Myers.