Breaking Down Dwight Howard's Return To Los Angeles

Te’a Cooper

Te’a Cooper

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Howard has reached a buyout agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies and intends to join the Los Angeles Lakers once he becomes a free agent. He has played with the Hawks, Charlotte and Washington - and been waived after trades to Brooklyn and Memphis without ever wearing a uniform.

But in knowing the baggage that comes with Howard, the Lakers gave him a pretty direct warning before agreeing to sign him, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. There was sense Howard realized he hit "rock bottom" and had been humbled.

After one season in LA, Howard opted for free agency and signed with the Houston Rockets, leaving the Lakers high and dry.

Howard will have a complementary role on another Lakers roster with superteam aspirations.

Feeding into the star player transitioning into a role player idea, Howard has already hit "rock bottom", and a chance (again) with the Lakers would help rewrite the not-so-storybook final chapter of his stellar National Basketball Association career.

Howard, Joakin Noah and Mo Speights participated in workouts and meetings with the Lakers this week as they tried to fill the team's void at center.

The deal will return Howard to a team where had a disastrous first stint. Other than that blip, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year has started in 1,043 of his 1,044 career games.

Dwight Howard is still getting his money, the full $5.6 million he opted into this summer.

The Lakers and Howard have been connected for a few weeks now.

The Lakers first acquired Howard in 2012 via a trade with the Magic and people questioned his commitment to the team.

This past season, the 33-year-old missed most part of the 2018-19 season owing to injuries, averaging 12.8 points along with 9.2 rebounds per game.

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