Dwight Howard Emerges As Option For Lakers At Five

Ross Houston
August 19, 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to request permission to speak to Memphis Grizzlies centre Dwight Howard and there is mutual interest, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Are Howard and Tinseltown really ready for a reunion? However, Howard and Lakers star Kobe Bryant never got on the same page, resulting in Howard leaving L.A.to sign with the Houston Rockets during the offseason. A nagging back injury limited the big man to appearing in just nine games, but he was effective when he did play, as he posted averages of 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while appearing in just under 26 minutes per contest.

When he's healthy, however, he remains a productive big.

Howard has only averaged less than 10 rebounds per game in one season in his 15-year career so far. He turned that into a two-year contract with the Wizards last summer and picked up his $5.6 million player option for 2019-20 in April. However, the fact that Howard-to-L.A.is even on the table is a microcosm of how far the Lakers have fallen since the start of the decade, when they stood triumphant on top of the National Basketball Association with back-to-back titles. In Howard, the franchise could take a flyer on another once-dominant player eager to retake command of the narrative of his career.

Then there's JaVale McGee, who proved he can be a quality stopper on the block against starting units all a year ago. If one puts aside their ego, he sounds better and better the more one thinks about it.

If the Grizz do end up buying out the eight-time All-NBA center, the Lakers would have the chance to bring Howard back to the Staples Center for a second run in Hollywood.

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