Dwight Howard is on his way back to Los Angeles to join the Lakers, after a couple of weeks full of rumors and speculation surrounding the big man. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Memphis Grizzlies have bought out Howard, freeing the future Hall of Famer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he clears waivers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 23, 2019
After losing DeMarcus Cousins to a torn ACL, the Lakers started the search for a new big man, with Howard gaining the attention of the Purple and Gold right away. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that Howard’s deal will be non-guaranteed as the Lakers want to ensure that the environment they’re building in the team’s locker room remains intact.
Dwight Howard’s deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they’ll give him a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players were involved in process.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 23, 2019
But, Woj notes that D-12 has said that he’s willing to take on a lesser role in the past and the Lakers will need to see him make a change in his behavior.
Last season he played only nine games with the Washington Wizards, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field.