Dwight Howard Agrees to $70.5M Deal With Atlanta Hawks
It looks like Dwight Howard is headed to Atlanta, after agreeing to a three-year deal with the Hawks for $70.5 million, reports ESPN.
The deal is also totally guaranteed with no option.
Howard's first meeting in free-agency has been with the Hawks... and apparently liked what he heard. He's also a native of Atlanta.
With Howard's signing, analysts are questioning the status of Hawks All-Star/big man Al Horford. Will they play together, or is Howard replacing him?
After signing Kent Bazemore on a four-year deal worth $70 million this past week, the Hawks have have nearly exhausted their available salary-cap space. Horford, however, is a free agent and yet to pick a team, after nine seasons with the Hawks.
ESPN reports that the team has been engaged in trade talks that potentially would allow them to open more cap space if Horford decided to re-sign. They've yet to offer the full five-year max deal.
Being one of the most coveted free agents on the market, several teams are interested in him, including the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.