According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, among other sources, center Dwight Howard has finalized his buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies. Once he clears waivers, he intends to sign with the Lakers.
Earlier today, Howard met with Lakers’ officials, along with three veteran players. Those three players reportedly were Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee. Apparently, the three vets were impressed enough with Howard that they gave the ‘thumbs-up’ to the Lakers’ officials to proceed with the signing.
This will be the 33-year-old’s second stint with the Lakers as Howard was traded to Los Angeles from Orlando back in 2012. He only spent one year there as what was supposed to be a dynamic pairing with Kobe Bryant turned into a mediocre season, remembered mostly for squabbles over involvement in the offense and a first round exit by sweep, courtesy of the San Antonio Spurs. Howard then left for Houston as a free agent in the offseason.
While his last three seasons have been mostly forgettable, one each in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Washington, the Lakers are entrusting Howard to fill the role left behind by DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered a torn ACL earlier this summer.