Dwight Howard and his free agency were nothing less than chaotic. After doing his part for the Los Angeles Lakers and helping them win their 17th NBA Championship, his fate hung in the balance. Although Dwight is said to be a difficult player to deal with, he showed a lot of positive attitude last season and accepted a much-reduced role in the team with grace.
But when the offseason came about, a certain miscommunication led Howard to believe that he was going to stay with the Lakers. He even tweeted about not going elsewhere, an announcement certain NBA Insiders confirmed. However, these tweets were deleted soon after. Subsequently, another news popped up that there was no new deal to be announced, and that Howard was still keeping his options open.
The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, wanted nothing else but to acquire the big man. This has a lot to do with Daryl Morey being their head of basketball operations. Morey was GM of the Houston Rockets when Howard signed with them in 2013.
As Dwight is on the threshold of entering a new chapter in his career, he thanked the Lakers for all that they gave him. On Instagram, he posted a picture of him kissing the Larry O’Brien trophy, his very first title. Below that, he wrote:
“La thank you. It was truly a pleasure being back in la. And winning a championship. I am very grateful to the Buss family, the Rambis family, the Pelinka’s, and the entire laker organization. Lakernation. I love you. Thank you for your support all year. This season was filled with emotion and you guys stood strong with us all year. To my bro’s. We overcame a lot and won together. Thank you for the great memories we shared this season. I am forever grateful. We will always be champs. Nobody can take that away from us.”
Howard is a fascinating choice for the Sixers. His veteran experience, athleticism, and solid defense can be an asset for them. But he is 34 years old, and it won’t be a huge surprise if he only plays one season for Philadelphia. This could mean they would have to find another center soon.
Have the Sixers made a wise choice?
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