John Rau / Associated Press
Dwight Howard Center for Free Agents has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Howard announced on Twitter on Friday that he was returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that tweet has since been deleted, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
I do not know. It was on Dwight’s Twitter page five minutes ago and it’s not now. Make it what you want: https://t.co/WqQw7PaOxF
Charania then announced that the big man was still considering his options.
Shams Harania @ShamsCharania
Update: Dwight Howard continues to consider all of his options. No deal.
Howard averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the NBA Lakers last season. He must remain an asset in the league, albeit with limitations in today’s NBA.
In Philadelphia, Howard should be the main reserve for the great man of the stars, Joel Embiid.
Howard was forced to hit the bench when teams played little, which happened especially when the Lakers played the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. Howard also noticed reduced playing time as the Heat ran with floor-sized players like Kelly Olinick.
But he is a clear asset when he is tasked with facing teams with more traditional big ones. Howard excelled against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, posting 9.5 points and 7.3 boards in the Lakers’ four wins.
Howard, who turns 35 on Dec. 8, will enter his 17th season in the NBA. During his career, he made eight All Star teams, eight All-NBA teams and five All Defensive teams.