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Dwight Howard is headed to his fourth team in six seasons. This time, Howard won’t have to worry about not being embraced by the fans and team as he is set to sign with his hometown Atlanta Hawks on a three year, $70.5 million deal.
The 30-year-old averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game through 71 games with the Rockets last season. Via Yahoo Sports:
Free-agent center Dwight Howard has reached agreement on a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told The Vertical.
Howard and his agent, Perry Rogers, finalized the agreement on Friday afternoon in Atlanta. Howard had scheduled meetings on Saturday, but canceled them after coming to terms with Atlanta.
The deal averages $23.5 million in salary, the highest amount for a center so far in free agency.
Once the Hawks renounce the rights to Kirk Hinrich and Kris Humphries, the franchise will have $22.4 million in salary-cap space. Currently, Atlanta likely can only sign one of its free agents, Al Horford or Kent Bazemore.