Atlanta, Boston schedule meetings with Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard is set to hit the open market as a free agent July 1, and Atlanta is reportedly among the first teams to have a run at the superstar center.

Howard has agreed to meet with the Hawks and the Boston Celtics on Friday, the first day of free agency.

Should Atlanta be sign Howard, it would look to pair Howard with Al Horford to hold down the front court.

Though Howard is not nearly what he once was, he can provide the rebounding and paint presence the Hawks have been lacking the past few years.

As we saw last year, Al Horford has a love/hate relationship with the basket: He does not always like to get to close to it , especially on offense. Howard’s presence down low could provide the rebounding Atlanta needs to fund it’s shooting attack while Horford is able to contribute in both areas.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Broussard, Howard is likely to meet with as many as five teams before making a decision. Among those teams is Miami, whose big Hassan Whiteside is set to test the waters in free agency himself.

Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports that the Atlanta native and has expressed interest in playing for the New York Knicks in the past.

 “Howard told friends earlier in the season that he was interested in playing for the Knicks; that interest remains as Howard approaches free agency,” Begley added.

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