Dwight Howard tells Rockets he's becoming free agent

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has informed the team that he is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent on July 1.

Howard, 30, averaged just 13.7 points and attempted just 8.5 field goals per game in 2015-16, his lowest numbers since his rookie season with Orlando in 2004-05.

Howard had an opportunity to remain with Houston but declined a player option that would have paid him $23.2 million.

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