Reports: Hawks And Dwight Howard Verbally Agree To Deal

According to reports, the Atlanta Hawks and free agent Center Dwight Howard have verbally agreed to a 3-year $70 million deal.

The deal cannot officially be announced or signed until July 7th, 2016.

Last year with the Rockets, Howard averaged 13.7 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game.

The 30 year old averaged 32.1 mins per game last season, up from the 29.8 mins per game the year before.

Zach Harper of cbssports.com reports the agreement with Howard probably means the Hawks will not resign Al Horford.

For those of you who don’t remember, Howard  is coming home.  He was a dominate player for Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.  Howard decided not to go to college and was the overall number one selection of the Orlando Magic in 2004.  The eight-time NBA All Star has consistenly been one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the league since his arrival.

He has averaged 12.7 rebounds and 17.8 points per game during his 12-year career with the Magic, Lakers and Rockets.  Howard will turn 31 this coming season.

The question is:  Will the Hawks be better, or worse with Howard instead of Horford?  Howard is not the player he used to be, and major back surgery in 2012 played into that.  He one season with the Lakers (2012-13) was filled with injuries and empty promises.  But he is still one of the best rebounders in the league, leading the NBA in rebounds per game during five of his 12 seasons.  This past January he scored 36 points and had 6 rebounds for his 10th straight double-double.  He 26 boards tied a career high.

 

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