Al Horford and his $27 million per year salary recently went out the door in Philadelphia. Dwight Howard and his $2.6 million veteran minimum salary just came in.
It's one of the many moves that Daryl Morey has pulled the trigger on early into his Sixers tenure, and the first of the free agency period that officially started Friday night. NBA insider Shams Charania was first to report the deal, while ESPN's Bobby Marks had the full salary info.
The move didn't come without drama, of course. In fact, just a little while before Charania announced the Sixers news, Howard himself tweeted that he was staying in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
As per tradition, he got the full wrath of social media after the interesting slip-up.
Howard, an eight-time All-Star who has not fulfilled a starting role since the 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets, will likely serve as Joel Embiid's primary backup. It'll be the second time he has played for a team run by Daryl Morey, as he was signed to Morey's Rockets before the 2013-14 season and stayed for three seasons, though it wasn't the most memorable and productive stint. The 76ers will be Howard's seventh team.