After deleting Lakers tweet, Dwight Howard heads to 76ers
Eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard finally won his very first champion with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Now he’ll try to help the Philadelphia 76ers win their first considering that 1983.
Howard’s representative Charles Briscoe verified to ESPN that the center accepted an one-year contract worth with the 76ers on Friday. ESPN reported that the deal is for the veterans minimum of $2.6 million.
Philadelphia will be the 2004 No. 1 overall pick’s eighth different group. (Howard has 2 stints with the Lakers).
Nevertheless, Howard’s path to Philadelphia wasn’t a direct route. About an hour after NBA totally free agency began at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Howard tweeted that he was sticking with the Lakers.
” I’m remaining right where I belong,” Howard posted on his Twitter account. “Laker country I love y’ all. Purple and gold never gets old.”
Howard erased that tweet soon after it was posted.
The 34-year-old has averaged 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per video game in his career. Last season with Los Angeles, Howard balanced 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 69 video games, making simply 2 starts.
Howard’s addition to the 76ers lineup becomes part of an offseason reworking of the organization that began with the hiring of Doc Rivers as head coach and after that Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations. Morey started to alter the lineup to his liking when he traded Josh Richardson and the draft rights to Tyler Bey to the Dallas Mavericks for sharpshooting Seth Curry, and he dealt big guy Al Horford and draft choices to the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Danny Green.