According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, former All-Star center Dwight Howard has agreed to 3 year, $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks:
Dwight Howard has reached agreement on a three-year, $70.5 million with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2016
While Howard was considered to be a Celtics' target, he wasn't as high on Danny Ainge's priority list as Atlanta big man Al Horford, who is expected to be offered a max contract in his meeting with a team of Boston delegates tonight.
The Howard signing could be good news for the C's, as it seemingly indicates that the Hawks have decided to hire a replacement center as they consider Horford to be out the door.
Even if Atlanta wanted to keep Horford, the Howard signing puts them in a rough place in terms of cap space. The Hawks would have to choose between re-signing Al or Kent Bazemore:
The (Dwight Howard) deal averages $23.5 million in salary, the highest amount for a center so far in free agency.
The Celtics are also bringing two of their starters to their meeting with Horford tonight, including All-Star Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder:
Jae Crowder will also be a part of the Celtics' meeting with Al Horford tonight, league source says.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 1, 2016
The Boston Celtics are traveling to Atlanta to meet with Al Horford tonight, per sources. Isaiah Thomas and others will be there to pitch.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2016
In addition, after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, former Celtic Evan Turner left some final words of wisdom for Boston fans, including that Ainge seemed confident in getting the Horford deal done:
Evan Turner said Danny Ainge “seemed confident” about Celtics chances of signing Al Horford: https://t.co/HCO1yJtrTs— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 1, 2016
Stay posted to Celtics Life for future free agency updates.
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