AP source: Hawks adding Dwight Howard, keeping Bazemore


July 2, 2016 7:45AM (UTC)

A person with knowledge of the situation says Dwight Howard has agreed to join the Atlanta Hawks, who also re-signed Kent Bazemore.

Howard received a three-year contract worth $70.5 million, while Bazemore will get $70 million over four years, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because contracts can't be signed until July 7.

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Howard returns to his hometown after three seasons in Houston, where he battled injuries and wasn't the force he was earlier in his career. He managed just 13.7 points per game last season, lowest since he averaged 12 as a rookie for Orlando after being taken with the No. 1 selection in the 2004 draft out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

Bazemore, who turned 27 on Friday, started 68 games for the Hawks last season, averaging 11.6 points.

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AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report.


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