Utah Jazz reportedly interested in bringing back Josh Howard – NBA News
Last season, Utah Jazz were one of those team in the Western Conference who played better than expected, and along with the Denver Nuggets, was the team that many were expecting to be a serious playoff contender next season.
The Jazz put on an impressive show near the end of the season, winning their final five games and clinching that final spot in the Western Conference for the playoffs, a spot that three teams were battling for. Although they were
eliminated in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, the Jazz have a lot of reasons to be excited about the upcoming season.
The Jazz are a young and energetic team with good depth on the bench. However, the front office seems to think that they could do with a veteran on the roster and are apparently interested in bringing Josh Howard back for next
Howard impressed the Jazz coaching staff last season and formed a good working relationship with head coach Tyrone Corbin. He played 43 games for Utah after being traded from the Washington Wizards, and averaged 8.7 points and
3.7 rebounds in 23 minutes of action per game. Josh is still without a team for next season, and worked out for the San Antonio Spurs a few days ago, but the Jazz are reported to be nearing a deal to bring him back.
The Salt Lake Tribune has reported that the Jazz and Howard have reached a mutual agreement, hinting that he may very well return to the Salt Lake City next season.
“There’s mutual interest between Howard and Utah. He exceeded expectations during the 2011-12 campaign, is highly respected by management and coach Tyrone Corbin, and Howard spent part of his offseason working out with former Jazz
teammates in Santa Barbara, Calif,” reported the Tribune.
The Jazz have Gordon Hayward to start at three next season, and Marvin Williams and DeMarre Carroll to back him up. However, they still feel that Howard, with his experience, can benefit the Jazz roster. It will be interesting
to see how this situation works out, especially if Howard gets an offer from San Antonio.