AP source: Wizards trade Howard to Grizzlies for Miles

A person familiar with the situation says the Washington Wizards have traded center Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward CJ Miles.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the trade hasn't been announced. Stadium first reported that Washington had traded Howard. ESPN first reported additional details of the trade and said the Grizzlies plan to waive Howard or trade him elsewhere.


The 33-year-old Howard played just nine games for the Wizards last season. The eight-time All-Star underwent spinal surgery for a herniated disk last November.

Miles, 32, played a combined 53 games with the Toronto Raptors and Grizzlies last season. He averaged 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 14.1 rebounds in 40 games for Toronto. Miles played 13 games for Memphis and averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 22.6 minutes.


Howard was due to make $5.6 million next season; Miles is due about $8.7 million.

Howard has spent the offseason in Atlanta, training and returning to shape. He had lost 20 pounds and recently told a podcast that he was preparing for his 16th season.

"Man, my body feels amazing. I've been in the gym the last couple of months, trying to get my body right. I feel good, man," Howard said. "My legs are back up under me. Now it's just about getting the strength to play an 82-game season."

The Washington Post contributed to this story.