Report: Dwight Howard Deleted Lakers Contract Tweet After Offer Wasn't Made

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 21, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) reacts after a slam dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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It turns out the Dwight Howard-Los Angeles Lakers saga had one major twist left before the two sides officially separated on Friday evening.    

Believing he had agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to remain with L.A., Howard sent out a since-deleted celebratory tweet announcing that he was "staying right where I belong." According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, no official offer was ever made to Howard.

Instead, the Lakers had presented the big man with a "deal concept" that Howard believed was a formal offer. 

The veteran signed one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers shortly after deleting his post, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic. 

The Sixers deal came together while Howard was awaiting further word from the Lakers. 

Haynes noted Philadelphia general manager Daryl Morey was "ultra-aggressive" in his pursuit of Howard while Sixers star Joel Embiid reached out to recruit the 34-year-old. 

In the meantime, the Lakers reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with forward Montrezl Harrell. 

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That seemingly eliminated any need for Los Angeles to bring Howard back into the fold while upgrading its frontcourt. 

Harrell was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2019-20 while averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27.8 minutes with the Clippers.

While Howard had a successful campaign as a backup to Anthony Davis last season, his 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game don't come close to the type of production Harrell brings. 

Notably, the Lakers kept communication strictly through Howard's agent, per Haynes. That left more room for miscommunication between the two sides and eventually led to Howard's erroneous post.