Dwight Howard had been looking for an National Basketball Association team to sign him all summer and finally, it was the Los Angeles Lakers who ultimately gave him a shot.
The eight-time All-Star center and 15-year National Basketball Association veteran agreed to a contract with the Lakers on Monday.
Dwight Howard #12 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate while playing the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on February 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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The eight-time All Star, who has won three defensive player of the year awards, only played in nine games last season as he recovered from spinal surgery on his lower back.
Now, Howard has revealed he'll wear No. 39 next season, per Charania. When healthy with the Charlotte Hornets in 2017-18, Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
ESPN first reported Friday that Howard agreed to a buyout of his existing contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in order to sign with the Lakers, who are looking for help at center to fill a void created when DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL training in Las Vegas.
Howard's impending return to L.A. over the past week generated conflicting feelings among Lakers fans online, but he clearly persuaded the Lakers he can be a strong supporting player and a good teammate when he worked out for the club. It's about to be a very interesting season in Los Angeles. He averaged 17.1 points and a league-high 12.4 rebounds in 76 games in 2012-13. In a related move, the team has waived forward Aric Holman.