Dwight Howard is probably getting his last chance in the NBA to demonstrate that he can still be a good player and someone reliable for any team. Howard is now on his way to Los Angeles to sign with the Lakers, the team he left back in 2013 on not so good manners.
Now the Purple and Gold don’t want Howard to have the same behavior he had during his first stint with them, and are extremely serious about making D-12 prove himself this upcoming season.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Howard’s contract with the Lakers will have zero salary protection, which means he will be paid per day starting on October 21 and will get nothing once he is waived.
Also, the Lakers will only owe Howard $6,000 if he gets injured before the regular season.
They know the injury history of Howard, and having in mind that injured DeMarcus Cousins will get paid $3.5 million, the Californians made sure they won’t spend any extra money on someone who can’t stay healthy. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for the big man, who is keen to prove himself next season.
Before agreeing to return to the Lakers, Howard met with Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee, and those guys apparently backed a move for him. Superman is ready to help the Lakers to climb to the top of the league once again, but the team has been very careful about this whole situation.
Everybody expects Howard to have a good second tenure with the Lakers, but in case it doesn’t happen, the team has nothing to lose.