Los Angeles had a few options they were considering, as bringing another center aboard was a necessity. His contract buyout with the Grizzlies - who acquired him in an offseason trade with Washington - will require him to clear waivers next week before signing with Los Angeles.
Howard will join the Lakers after the Memphis Grizzlies buy out his contract, but it came after extensive vetting on Los Angeles' part. Howard now projects to be the team's back-up big man behind JaVale McGee, the only other center currently on the roster.
Obviously there's a whole lot of drama built in with this signing for the Lakers.
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Howard will have a complementary role on another Lakers roster with superteam aspirations. The injury to Cousins caused those rumors to grow even louder, and he will now be joining the purple and gold for the second time in his career. He did not get along with Kobe Bryant very well and the team fell well short of expectations. He subsequently signed with the Rockets after one year in Los Angeles.
Howard's departure coincided with the start of the worst six-year period in franchise history for the 16-time champion Lakers, who haven't been back to the postseason since he left.
A lot of Lakers fans can't stand Howard, so this will be a really interesting marriage.
League sources said Howard had a convincing and emotional meeting with the players and Lakers officials, explaining how he had reached rock bottom a season ago and needed to find a new mindset in his life.