Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore told Wojnarowski that he enjoyed playing with Howard during the 2016-17 season in Atlanta.

Man, [Dwight’s] gotten so Ernie Stautner Jersey much Cam Atkinson Womens Jersey of a bad rap, but he’s a great teammate, Bazemore told ESPN. For such a long season, his energy and his laughing helps you get through. And if you’re going through a tough stretch personally, it’s good to have that type of person around. Before he signed in Atlanta, there was all this bad stuff said about him. We had our press conference together, so we got to know each other well. I found that he has a good heart and he works hard every day to turn that perception around. I’d imagine it’s tough to continue hearing that stuff, but the things he did in the Atlanta community was amazing and he did it with a smile. That’s the kind of person he is and that’s who I know.
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In the 2011-12 season, reports surfaced that Howard sought a trade to the Nets to play alongside All-Star Deron Williams and the rest of Brooklyn’s then-youthful crew. But that deal never materialized.

LaVine came to the Bulls ahead of the 2017-18 season through a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Draft-night deal that also included Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (Lauri Markkanen) in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (Justin Patton).

We were excited last summer when we got a dynamic athlete in Zach LaVine through the trade, and we’re excited now that we get to keep him, said John Paxson, Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Zach showed a relentless work ethic in rehabbing his ACL injury to return to the court, and he has a visible passion for the game of basketball. We know that those attributes, along with his honed skills, will make him an impact player in this league for years to come. We’re thrilled to keep Zach on this Bulls team moving forward.

After recovering from an ACL injury, LaVine made his Bulls debut on Jan. 13, 2018, vs. Detroit. He played in 24 games (24 starts) last season and averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.00 steals in 27.3 minutes per game. LaVine led the Bulls in scoring in eight games and had 11 outings of 20-plus points. He scored in double digits in 10 games in a row from Jan. 31 through March 2, and became the seventh player in NBA history to record at least 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes or less vs. Miami on Jan. 15.