Dwight Howard to rejoin Wizards, start on-court rehab: report

February 20, 2019

Dwight Howard will rejoin the Washington Wizards to start his first on-court work since undergoing back surgery on Nov. 30, according to The Athletic.

The 33-year-old center had spent the last few months rehabbing in his hometown of Atlanta. Now, Howard is set to join the Wizards on Wednesday in the District.

Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium: Wizards center Dwight Howard will return to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to start on-court work. Howard has rehabilitated in Atlanta since undergoing spine surgery in late November. Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2019

Howard’s injury originally carried a two-to-three month timetable for recovery.

Howard has appeared in only nine games this season. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Wizards last summer, but a buttocks injury sidelined him for all of training camp, the preseason and the beginning of the season.

Howard made his season debut on Nov. 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But he hasn’t played since Nov. 18, when he logged only seven minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Wizards’ medical staff determined a herniated disc in Howard’s back was causing severe nerve irritationand glutealpain leading to Howard’s surgery.