Dwight Howard could leave the 76ers in free agency to return to Lakers
It looks like the 76ers might have to go elsewhere to find a backup center for next season. Yesterday, LA Times’ writer Brad Turner reported that center Dwight Howard is “ready to return” to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Dwight originally planned to re-sign with the Lakers last offseason, but the deal fell through, leading him to Philadelphia.
If Dwight leaves, it will be his third separate stint with the Lakers, after initially being acquired by LA in what Sixers fans know as the Andrew Bynum trade. During his one season in Philadelphia, Dwight Howard was a fan favorite and was a significant mentor for the entire roster, including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
In 17 minutes, Dwight Howard averaged seven points and eight rebounds, being Joel Embiid’s best backup center in his career. Losing Dwight will sting, but hopefully, the 76ers will be able to find someone to help fill in for Embiid and get him as much rest as possible.
There will be several centers on the market once free agency kicks off Monday at 6:00. The remainder of the 76ers big men are able to crack the rotations, but it doesn’t seem like Paul Reed, or Charles Bassey can take over that role just yet. The other significant names in free agency for the Sixers include Furkan Korkmaz and Danny Green.
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