Dwight Howard is signing a one-year agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN was told by his lawyer, Charles Briscoe. The contract is a $2.6 million minimum exemption for the veterans, sources told Bobby Marks of ESPN.
With career averages of 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, Howard, 34, is considered among the greatest big men of his generation.
In August 2019, he signed a one-year, $2.56 million deal with the Lakers, making his return to Los Angeles in 2013 after an acrimonious departure.
Howard, an eight-time All-Star and 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, found himself this past season in an unfamiliar position with the Lakers, coming off the bench in all but two of his 69 games. Howard averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in just under 19 minutes per game.
Dwight Howard played seven games despite playing even fewer minutes in the postseason and won his first NBA championship in his 16th season.
Howard appeared in just nine games in the 2018-19 season for the Washington Wizards before joining the Lakers, missing almost all of that season after undergoing spinal surgery. Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game when healthy with the Charlotte Hornets in 2017-18.
Dwight Howard claimed that when he posted his tweet, there was a one-year, $3-million bid on the table from the Lakers, sources told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. The team, however is reportedly adamant that no formal offer has been made, and the number described a “deal concept.”
The seventh NBA address for Howard will be Philadelphia. In a reserve position with the Lakers, the seasoned big man averaged 7.5 points, 7.7 assists, and 1.1 blocks last season, earning his first championship.