‘I was Never Offered a Deal’: Dwight Howard Makes a Surprising Revelation About His Situation with Los Angeles Lakers

Published 12/04/2020, 8:00 AM EST
Sep 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) and forward LeBron James (23) celebrate against the Denver Nuggets during the first half in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Dwight Howard is taking his talents to the city of brotherly love. After helping the Lakers to the NBA Title, the Philadelphia 76ers will hope for the same with him. However, it was surprising when he left Los Angeles. Why would you want to break up a championship-winning team? Divulging details on why he came to Philadelphia, Howard said:

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“I was never offered a deal from the Lakers. Once Philly called, and I talked to Doc, and he already told me he wanted me on the team, I was super excited. Philly is a team that I’ve been watching and competing against for a couple of years. I’ve always thought they had the talent to be the best team in the NBA.”

Maybe it is understandable from the perspective of the Lakers‘ front office. They let Dwight leave and got an upgrade in Montrezl Harrell. Signing Marc Gasol was another cherry on top. One of them is a beast inside the paint, the other a 3-point shooter and a leader in defense.

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Dwight Howard makes his intentions clear

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The former Orlando Magic center has got a taste of sweet victory in LA, and his motivation is to have that again. He said, “I was happy that I had a chance to go back to LA to fulfill the promise that we made of winning a championship. But I’m even more excited to come to Philly and help this team get over the top.”

The former Orlando Magic center is looking to be a leader in this team. On the players he wants to help develop in the team, he said, “Looking at a guy like Joel (Embiid) who is blossoming into a real superstar and also Ben Simmons, and just having that opportunity to kind of be able to talk to both of those guys and be a great example for them.” 

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) smiles while holding the Finals trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One can only hope that Howard will continue to be a positive influence on the team and that his tenure there is more akin to his time in LA than his tumultuous spell in Houston.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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