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Dwight Howard agrees to one-year deal with Philadelphia 76ers

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After initially tweeting that he was returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Howard has reportedly agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, per Stadium’s Shams Charania.

Howard was a key piece of the Lakers’ championship run during the 2019-20 season. The former All-Star spent much of the year coming off the bench, providing energy with his defense and dominance on the boards. As the postseason went on, LA began starting Howard and he was vital to slowing down the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo.

On Friday it initially appeared Dwight Howard was ready to run it back with the Purple & Gold, but he quickly deleted a tweet announcing his return. Just over an hour later, a deal with Philadelphia materialized.

Howard rejoins former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey with the Sixers, who took over as President of Basketball Operations in early November.

Morey has quickly rebuilt Philadelphia’s roster around core stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, adding outside shooting with trades for Seth Curry and Danny Green before landing Dwight. With free agency only a few hours old, Morey likely isn’t done building his new 76ers squad.

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