We’re just in the first few hours of free agency, and we already have our first messy signing!
For a moment there, it looked like Dwight Howard was returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. Credible reporters were suggesting that the two parties were on track towards a deal, and Dwight himself tweeted, "I'm staying right where I belong."
That didn’t last very long! The tweet was quickly deleted, and Dwight signed with the Philadelphia 76ers shortly after.
It isn’t clear what happened between Dwight and the Lakers, although considering that the 76ers were able to sign him for the veteran minimum, it probably wasn’t a simple matter of being outbid for his services.
At any rate, the Lakers moved on from Dwight with swiftness, signing Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell to a two-year, $19 million contract.