Dwight Howard To Sign With Lakers After Grizzlies Buyout

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Howard has been booed vociferously in Los Angeles ever since.

The 6-foot-11 center and his representatives reached an agreement on a buyout with the Grizzlies and the Lakers plan to sign Howard to a non-guaranteed contract, ESPN reported Friday. Six years after Howard bolted the Lakers as a free agent, after a 2012-13 season of acrimony and disappointment, he and the Lakers needed each other.

National Basketball Association fans can't wait to see how the Howard experiment turns out.


The Lakers want to sign a veteran center to give them more depth at the position following the likely season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

He clashed with Kobe Bryant and coach Mike D'Antoni before spurning the club as a free agent.

Howard, 33, averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Wizards last season but only appeared in nine games because of a back injury he suffered early on in the year. The centre's previous run with the Lakers was short lived, though, as Howard left the club following a first-round sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 playoffs to join the Houston Rockets. For the LA Lakers and Dwight Howard to reconnect, the word interesting is probably an understatement. Los Angeles traded much of its young core to acquire Davis during the summer, and he will team up with LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and newcomers including Danny Green and Avery Bradley.

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