NBA free agency always is filled with rumors, speculation and, of course big signings and trades.
Sometimes a player breaks his own news — like Goran Dragic announcing on Twitter he’s staying with the Miami Heat. And other times… well players say they’re staying with a team and end up going elsewhere.
Like say, Dwight Howard.
Howard tweeted that he was “staying right where I belong” Friday night, assuming he meant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But then deleted the tweet and decided to switch coasts and conferences all at once when he reportedly agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Free agent Dwight Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent Charles Briscoe tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
The Dwight Howard contract in Philadelphia is for the veteran minimum exception of $2.6M, per league sources.The cap hit is $1.6M— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 21, 2020
Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say.
“Dwight Howard coming back to the Lakers”Dwight Howard: pic.twitter.com/RUD8pHQNZf— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 21, 2020
Wonder which big the Lakers are about to sign that would make Dwight back out last second and accept a contract for less money. — Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 21, 2020
No one: Absolutely no one: Dwight Howard: “I’m staying right where I belong Laker Nation I love y’all. Purple & Gold never gets old” Dwight Howard mins later: pic.twitter.com/oqloUbgZeI— Lake Show (@LakeShowFamily) November 21, 2020
Dwight: I’m staying right where I belong. Purple and gold never gets oldAlso Dwight: pic.twitter.com/abTMae6MlB— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) November 21, 2020
Flashbacks to Dwight Howard agreeing to a trade with the Nets, then reneging because the Orlando Magic CEO, in Dwight's words, "brought me all my favorite foods and candies."— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) November 21, 2020
That is actually the perfect way for the Dwight-Lakers era to end.— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) November 21, 2020
Dwight Howard to Philly pic.twitter.com/9JOxE6L0fx— Justin Lever (@JustinLever3) November 21, 2020
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