Howard to join Lakers with stearn caveat

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The 6-foot-11 big man has reportedly completed a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies and will sign with the purple and gold after clearing waivers.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski elaborates:"Dwight Howard's deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN".

Howard, Joakin Noah and Mo Speights participated in workouts and meetings with the Lakers this week as they tried to fill the team's void at center.

That said, the hope is that Howard and the Lakers will make a solid pairing this time around.

Howard spent one infamous season with the Lakers, who acquired him from Orlando in August 2012.

Simply put, Dwight will have to play his role and accept it.

The deal will return Howard to a team where had a disastrous first stint.

According to Charania, Howard got an in with the Lakers after convincing top assistant coach and former Olympics teammate Jason Kidd that he had actually changed. With all that in mind though, here are three former Miami Heat players that we wouldn't mind seeing the team take another hard look at.

In other words, Howard has to bring it every night or risk being waived. He last played in the NBA during the 2017-18 season with the Memphis Grizzlies, while he played a period of last season with Virtus Bologna of the Lega Basket Serie A, the top level of Italian professional basketball. Opponents shot 62.1 percent with Howard defending them, a net difference of -4.6 compared to their expected accuracy, which is very poor from what you want from a quote-unquote "rim-protector". However, it has already been indicated that Howard will have to adjust his game to be a rim-protector for LA and strong rebounder.

The 33-year-old Howard followed his time in Houston with one-season tenures with the Hawks, Hornets and Wizards.

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