Report: Sixers Sign Dwight Howard
Daryl Morey and the Sixers have made their first move in free agency. Reports have come out that the team has agreed to a deal with free agent big man Dwight Howard.
Howard is coming off a season where he won his first championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 7.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 1.1 BPG in 69 games with the Lakers last year.
This move was quite a surprise after Howard went on Twitter and announced that he was returning to the Lakers, then deleting the post shortly after. Howard will be signing a one-year veteran's minimum contract to become a member of the Sixers.
After trading away Al Horford on draft day, the Sixers were in the market for a backup center. Morey has filled that slot in Howard, and at a very team friendly price. He should provide quality center minutes for the Sixers when Joel Embiid is off the floor.
Many fans were clamoring for a reunion between Nerlens Noel and the Sixers, but this move is just as good. This addition now adds a veteran big with playoff a championship experience.
There was a good period of time where Dwight Howard was looked at as the best player at his position. Same as Al Horford was supposed to be, Howard should be a good mentor to Joel Embiid as he enters his prime.
The addition of Howard should be a positive on both sides of the ball. His ability to defend and protect the rim, keeping the Sixers' defensive identity. Howard should also help on offense in the pick-and-roll game with young guards like Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey.
All in all this was a great move by the Sixers. They add a legit backup center in Howard, and preserved most of the limited cap space they have to work with.