Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will have the help of a great man as they aim to win an NBA title for the Philadelphia 76ers with center Dwight Howard on the way.
Eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Howard finally won his first championship as a Los Angeles Lakers player in the COVID-19 hindered season that recently ended.
Now he will try to help the 76ers win their first since 1983.
Howard’s agent Charles Briscoe told ESPN Howard had agreed to a one-year contract with Philadelphia.
ESPN reported that the deal is for veterans a minimum of $ 2.6 million.
Philadelphia will be the eighth different team from the No. 1 pick in 2004 – with Howard having two Lakers stints.
However, Howard’s path to Philadelphia was not entirely smooth when he tweeted on Friday – about an hour after the NBA’s free agency started – that he was staying with the Lakers.
“I stay where I belong,” he said on his Twitter account. “Laker Nation I love you all. Purple and gold never get old.”
Howard deleted this tweet shortly after posting.
The 34-year-old has averaged 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his career.
Last season with Los Angeles, Howard – mostly in a bench role playing about 19 minutes per game – averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 69 games.
His addition to the 76ers roster is part of an off-season squad rebuild that included Al Horford and Josh Richardson traded while Seth Curry, guard Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson all arrived.
Meanwhile, Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox was the first big winner of the first night of free agency,
Fox and the Kings have agreed to a contract for up to five years, said agent Chris Gaston, which will earn the young star $ 163 million – which could reach nearly $ 200 million if Fox does. an All-NBA team or receives other league honors.
Fox’s expansion will begin for the 2021-22 season and start at $ 28.1 million.
Elsewhere, Danilo Gallinari – one of the best wings in the free agent market – has reportedly accepted a three-year contract worth $ 61.5 million to tie up with the Atlanta Hawks.
Conference champions Easten Miami moved quickly to lock point guard Goran Dragic and center Meyers Leonard on two-year contracts, with the second year in both cases being team options for the Heat.
Dragic will make around $ 18 million next season and Leonard around $ 9 million.
Jordan Clarkson remains in Utah after sealing a four-year, $ 52 million contract, while Derrick Favors returns to Jazz for a deal that will net him nearly $ 30 million over three seasons.
The Detroit Pistons received commitments Friday night from centers Mason Plumlee – on a three-year, $ 25 million contract – and Jahlil Okafor.