Last Night NBA free agency started and teams have already started making moves, but Dwight Howard had a twister of a night all by himself.
One time champion Dwight Howard briefly appeared to be stay with lakers and even seemed to confirm it in a tweet before deleting it and soon after news broke out that Howard is headed to Philly.
Howard has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the 76ers, according to ESPN, but the details of what exactly happened before then remain cloudy.
Dwight Howard deletes tweet saying he is staying with the Lakers. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZbjjCxCPbc
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Before NBA free agency started, Howard sent out a tweet all but confirming he was staying with the Lakers.
“I’m staying right where I belong,” Howard tweeted.
“Laker nation I love y’all. Purple and gold never gets old.”
The tweet was soon deleted, though. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported there was no deal done, and Howard “continues to consider all of his options.”
Just over an hour later, Howard’s agent told Shams he had agreed to a deal with the 76ers. The deal reunites Howard with Daryl Morey, the new 76ers president of basketball operations who signed Howard in 2013 when he was GM of the Rockets.
Last year champ, Howard had signed with the Lakers last year and averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 69 games. He played in 18 of the Lakers’ 21 playoff games this season on the way to winning a championship.