Howard to continue basketball career in Taiwan

by Gordon Dixon - Dwight Howard announced Monday night that he has signed to play with the Taoyuan Leopards, a professional team in Taiwan.

Dwight Howard to play for Taiwan's Taoyuan Leopards 9:55 PM ET ESPN Dwight Howard's next basketball home will be overseas. The eight-time All-Star big man announced Monday night that he has signed to play with the Taoyuan Leopards, a professional team in Taiwan. "I am so so excited, and I can't wait to touch down in Taiwan and start playing," Howard said as part of a social media post by the team . "I'm coming with open arms, with big hugs and big smiles." Howard, who turns 37 next month, was a free agent after spending last season with the Los Angeles Lakers , averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game. The first overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, Howard spent 18 seasons in the league, a tenure that included stints with the Orlando Magic , Houston Rockets , Charlotte Hornets , Atlanta Hawks , Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers . He has career averages of 15.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. The Leopards play in Taiwan's T1 League.