Sixers: 3 free agents still available after the start of 2022 offseason

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Free agents still available: Dwight Howard

Certainly, if the Sixers can’t get Edwards on a minimum contract, they can get veteran big man Dwight Howard on one. Howard was recently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2020-21 season, but unlike his first tenure, this potential second one would be different.

When Howard first came to Philly, he was the primary backup to Joel Embiid and did better than most at the job. It wasn’t until the second round of the postseason that he really struggled. This time around the 36-year-old former All-Star wouldn’t be asked to be the primary backup.

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Howard isn’t the player he once was and he’s two years removed from his 76ers tenure. Howard is at the point in his career where he can play spot minutes at center when needed, but it’s too much to ask him to do that on a regular basis. He can be a great mentor to the likes of Paul Reed and Charles Bassey this season.

If the 76ers decide to bring back the former All-NBA defender, they get a player who can be a great presence in the locker room and who can still play in limited minutes when needed. He’s clearly an upgrade over DeAndre Jordan and Paul Millsap from last season.