Dwight Howard Deletes Tweet Announcing Return to Lakers, Will Sign with 76ers

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 21, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard blocks a shot by Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo during the second half in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Free agent center Dwight Howard has agreed to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal after some drama on Friday evening. 

Charles Briscoe, Howard's agent, relayed the news to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Howard previously announced on Twitter that he was returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that tweet was quickly deleted, per David Aldridge of The Athletic.

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc

I don’t know. This was on Dwight’s Twitter page five minutes ago, and is not now. Make of it what you will: https://t.co/WqQw7PaOxF

Charania then reported that the big man was still considering his options before he ultimately landed with the Sixers.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Update: Dwight Howard continues to consider all of his options. No deal done.

Howard averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the NBA champion Lakers last season. He should remain an asset for in the league, albeit one with limitations in today's NBA.

In Philadelphia, Howard should be the primary backup for All-Star big man Joel Embiid.

Howard is forced to hit the bench when teams play small, which notably happened when the Lakers played the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. Howard also saw decreased playing time when the Heat ran with floor-stretching bigs like Kelly Olynyk.

But he's a clear asset when tasked with facing off against teams with more traditional bigs. Howard notably 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 be entering his 17th NBA season. He's made eight All-Star teams, eight All-NBA teams and five All-Defensive teams during his career.