Dwight Howard tweets, then deletes message announcing return to Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are bringing back big man Dwight Howard … or are they? Howard caused plenty of confusion Friday, tweeting — and later deleting — a message stating he was re-signing with Los Angeles.

Howard’s message — which has since been deleted — read: “I’m staying right where I belong. Laker nation I love y’all. Purple and gold never gets old.”

That seems pretty definitive, leading many to believe Howard had re-upped with the Lakers. Moments later, however, Howard, 34, deleted that tweet.

He’s reportedly still considering his options, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Charania noted there was “no deal done” with Howard.

Will Dwight Howard re-sign with the Lakers?

It’s unclear why Howard sent out, and then quickly deleted the tweet. It’s possible he and the Lakers are working on a new deal, but Howard jumped the gun and posted the news before the deal was finalized. It’s also possible he really is considering other options.

Howard signing, and then winning a championship, with the Lakers was among the better feel-good stories in the NBA last season. Howard left the franchise on bad terms following the 2012-13 season, making it a big surprise when he returned in 2019-20.

In a part-time role, Howard averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.

While Howard isn’t signing with the Lakers yet, the team didn’t get completely shut out in free agency Friday. The Lakers signed Wesley Matthews to a one-year, $3.6 million deal.

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