Dwight Howard Would Listen If Celtics Called, Says They ‘Have the Championship Mentality’

Dwight Howard Would Listen If Celtics Called, Says They 'Have the Championship Mentality'Dwight Howard has been dominating headlines for months regarding his potential departure from the Orlando Magic. With Howard set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, the Orlando big man has been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

While Howard, a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, has been linked to the Lakers, Mavericks and Nets, any team would be glad to welcome aboard the NBA’s leading rebounder who hauls in 15.6 rebounds per game.

One team that has not been considered a front-runner is the Boston Celtics, but Howard’s recent comments suggest that he would listen if the Celtics asked about his services, according to the Boston Herald.

“Always. Always,” Howard said, when asked if he would answer a call from the C’s. “I’d always listen to a team like that.”

Howard said he wants to win with a team that knows how to pull it together in the playoffs.

“You look at a team like Boston and look at a team like LA who’s won . . . especially Boston. Man, those guys came together and they didn’t care who scored all the points,” he said. “They had done all the individual stuff.

“[The Celtics] have the championship mentality,” Howard added. “It means a lot. Like I said, I like the team. They play hard and they go after it, and that’s what I like.”

The 26-year-old Howard averages 19.7 points per game and is on pace to set personal records in rebounds and assists per game this season.