NBA Free Agency 2020: Why is Dwight Howard leaving LA Lakers after winning the NBA title?

NBA Free Agency 2020: After a lot of speculation about the future of Dwight Howard with the LA Lakers, it appears that the 8-time All-Star and the Philadelphia 76ers have come to an agreement, according to Shams Charania.

ESPN reports that the deal is for the veteran minimum exception of $2.6 million.

Howard put together a revival season with the Los Angeles Lakers by modeling an important role from the bench with the NBA champions.

He averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks while playing 18.9 minutes per game in 69 regular-season appearances.

The 34-year-old was a key asset during the Lakers’ playoff run and won the first championship of his 16-year career.

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Don’t ever give up on your dreams. You can f–king do it. I swear, just keep fighting. I swear to God, don’t ever give up on yourself. Look at this s–t. I’m sorry for cursing to all the kids out there. Bro listen, don’t ever give up on yourself. You’re already a champion.” said Dwight Howard after getting the ring.

The 2004 first overall draft pick has built a tremendous career. It includes five All-NBA first-team selections, three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and with six different organizations, including two stints with the LA Lakers.

How will he in the Philadelphia 76ers?

Howard is a fantastic fit for the 76ers. He brings championship energy and veteran experience. Howard is an athletic big man who can run the floor while playing solid defense and also contributing offensively.

He posted a career-high offensive rating last season with the Lakers and averaged his most blocks per 100 possessions since the 2012-13 season.

Howard will also provide an insurance policy behind Joel Embiid since the latter has dealt with injuries throughout his career.

The 6’10”, the 265-pound big man will not carry Philadelphia like he did the Orlando Magic in his prime, but he will be a productive player for his new team.

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