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Dwight Howard Leaves Lakers, Joins Philadelphia


Dwight Howard is headed to Philadelphia 76ers in a one-year deal while Danilo Gallinari agreed to a three-year contract with Atlanta Hawks at the start of NBA free agency on Friday (Saturday in the Philippines).

The veteran center Howard, who won his first NBA title with the Lakers recently, agreed to sign with the 76ers, his agent Charles Briscoe told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Earlier in the day, Charania reported that Howard has agreed to return to the Lakers but took it back as the All-Star center was said to be considering his options.

The 76ers will be Howard’s seventh team in the NBA after starting his career with Orlando Magic before moving to Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and returning to Lakers.

Meanwhile, Gallinari is finalizing a three-year, $61.5M contract with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent Michael Tellem of CAA Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In other news, Rodney Hood is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-year, $21M deal, while Christian Wood agrees to a deal with the Rockets and Malik Beasley is returning to Minnesota Timberwolves