Dwight Howard has been the topic of much speculation suggesting he may return to the Los Angeles Lakers following the latest injury to Lakers Center DeMarcus Cousins, and reports now state that the move is complete. Multiple reports, including those of The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, state that Howard is on his way back to the Lakers on a non-guaranteed deal.
Dwight Howard’s agent, Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Group, has completed buyout with Grizzlies officials, and Howard will sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 23, 2019
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
Howard was a member of the Laker’s roster during the 2012-13 season in which himself, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol were expected to form a powerhouse in the Western Conference, but ultimately lost in the first round of the Playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs. Howard then left the Lakers in the off-season to join the Houston Rockets.
I hope I get the chance to make it up to you!” Thank u la.
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013
Appearing in only nine games last season for the Washington Wizards prior to suffering a gluteal injury, Dwight Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest. Howard will be tasked with providing defensive consistency and rebounding for a Lakers squad expected to contend in the Western Conference, given their addition of all-star forward Anthony Davis.