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Dwight Howard joining Wizards on one-year deal

04 July 2018
Dwight Howard joining Wizards on one-year deal

LeBron James joins one of the NBA'smost iconic clubs.

Genesco Sports Enterprises CEO John Tatum on the impact of state taxes on athletes such as the NBA's LeBron James who play across the country and efforts by Gov. Phil Murphy, (D-N.J.), to imposing a tax on corporations and the wealthy in New Jersey.

"As trade talks have unfolded, Kawhi Leonard's focus is unchanged: He wants to be a Laker", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted after James' move to California was announced.

Taken with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of high school by the Orlando Magic, Howard has appeared in 1,035 career games with the Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Hornets.

His move from the Cleveland Cavaliers ends months of speculation.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in 3 out of 4 NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015. Amick notes the former Defensive Player of the Year's desire to play with LeBron James but does add that it is unclear if the interest is mutual.

Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title.

The Philadelphia 76ers, whose young star Ben Simmons has the same agent as James, were also in the hunt with James, hoping to build a potential triple threat alongside the Australian and Cameroon forward Joel Embiid.

James helped Cleveland to their first National Basketball Association title in 2016, as they overturned a 3-1 deficit in the National Basketball Association finals to beat Golden State.