Looking back on everything Dwight Howard has done in the NBA, it is probably safe to say his best years were played with the Orlando Magic. With Howard expected to opt out of his Houston Rockets contract this summer and hit the free agent market, he is now not ruling out a possible return “home.”

To most, this seems ridiculous given the current state of the Magic. If Howard is chasing a ring, he is not going to find it with a team roughly 15 games under .500 that already has a guy plugging up the center position on the court (Nikola Vucevic). But let’s think about this from Howard’s possible line of thinking.

Playing sidekick has not gone well for Howard. It did not work with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and has not panned out in Houston alongside James Harden. Maybe, just maybe, the thought of returning to Orlando, the place where he became the guy and a rising star in the NBA would help him rediscover a comfort level that brings Howard back to being the kind of megastar that could deliver on the hype he once had.

Sometimes you can go home, but it’s not always the same home you grew up in. That may be the case for Howard and Orlando.

[FOX Sports]

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.