The NBA’s free agency season may be young, but the deals are certainly heating up. And, if a tweetfrom Yahoo Sports’The Vertical's Shams Charaniais right on the money, Dwight Howard will be representing his hometown in the 2016-17 NBA season, having signed a three-year, $70 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Is he really worth the $70 million?

A few years ago, landing Howard as a free agent would have been the best thing to happen to any NBA team.

Playing for the Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, he was dubbed “Superman” for his awesome on-court accomplishments and his mix of size, skill, and athleticism. And while he never won the MVP award during his time with the Magic, he did win three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and score 20-plus points and pull down 10-plus rebounds with regularity. Alas, it wasn’t meant to last forever.

Since his disappointing showing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2012-13 season, Howard has mostly gotten a bad rap, with myriad accusations of being a prima donna, a “diva,” and a deterrent to team chemistry.

Recent injuries have also dulled his effectiveness a bit. But the 30-year-old Howard still has a lot of gas left in the tank, and even his down year with the Houston Rockets in 2015-16 yielded some strong numbers – 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game, along with a career-best 62% shooting from the field. And, for what it's worth, he does have eight All-Star appearances and five berths on theAll-NBA First Team on his resume.

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Is the one-time 'Superman' of the NBA turning a new corner?

Given his declining numbers at the relatively young age of 30, expectations surrounding Howard’s move to the Hawks are much lower than they were when he was traded to the Lakers in 2012, or even when he signed with the Rockets as a free agent the year after. Reports of friction within the Rockets’ locker room, mostly with Howard as the main antagonist, haven’t helped either.

But recent comments suggest that the 6’11”, 265-pound center is trying to take stock of his previous missteps and, once again, trying to become a better teammate.

"I'm always interested in winning, but sometimes as a (big man)you want to feel a part of what's going on," said Howard on an episode of TNT’s Inside the NBA in May. "Now, there are times where I have been upset and I've taken myself out of games in situations – and that's on me – and I have to grow and be a better player."

Dwight Howard will again begetting a fresh start, so could the move back home to the Atlanta Hawks be the shot in the arm his career needs?

It might be, as Howard can address the Hawks’ rebounding issues, especially if starting center Al Horford signs elsewhere during the free agency season.

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