Dwight Howard set to become unrestricted free agent

Center Dwight Howard has decided to opt out of his Houston Rockets contract.

The move will allow Howard to become an unrestricted free agent.

“He exercised the right that he had,” Leslie Alexander, the Rockets owner, told FOX 26 Sports.

Howard originally joined the Rockets as a free agent prior to the 2013-14 season.

His contract gave him a player option for the 2016-17 season, that would have paid him $23,282,457.

This past season Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.