Since leaving the NBA, Dwight Howard has become one of the biggest athletes playing international basketball.
Howard is a sensation in Taiwan and has brought his skill, size, and status to the country’s budding league.
But his new contract might force him to make quite a bit less than he’s used to.
According to taiwannews.com, Howard’s team wants him to take a 65% pay cut on his next contract.
The team’s CEO said this is all part of the team’s new calculations and incentive package and will hopefully encourage Howard to play more.
Dwight Howard’s team in Taiwan wants him to take a 65% pay cut on his next contract, per https://t.co/qJzuW57HMD
The CEO said that with the new incentive package, he hopes Howard can "play seriously and play hard" pic.twitter.com/Q3ExmhFKiu
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The news agency says that Howard played 30 out of 30 games last season, missing those other ten games due to injury.
The new payment program proposed by the team would provide bonuses for winning and non-bonuses for not playing, “combined with a fixed base salary.”
According to FTV News, Howard’s monthly salary was around $200,000.
Howard is allegedly not very happy with this new plan and has spoken out against it to the media in Taiwan.
All of this has created more speculation that he will try to return to the NBA.
Just days ago, Howard said he’d play in the association again if given the chance.
He has kept his profile high since departing for Taiwan, doing many interviews and giving his insight into the league via multiple media outlets and social media.
Now that he is arguing with his team about his salary, Howard might try even harder to play in America again.
Howard hasn’t been hesitant about sharing his opinions on a number of subjects so you can bet he will continue to publicly talk about this too.NEXT: Jamal Murray Has Passed Steph Curry In Finals History