On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers found their replacement for center DeMarcus Cousins.
Boogie suffered a torn ACL earlier this month, prompting the Lakers to add depth at the center position for the upcoming season.
The team worked out a few notable players, including Mo Speights, Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard.
After another bout of workouts this morning, the Lakers have reportedly agreed to a contract with the former Lakers center.
While the team signed Howard, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the contract is non-guaranteed.
“Dwight Howard’s deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they’ll give him a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself,” Woj revealed on Friday.
Lakers are entering a Howard partnership with caution. For years, he's talked about making changes in how he interacts with coaches and teammates. He's still saying those things now, but the ability to cut him without cost keeps leverage with organization. https://t.co/Q7i5NcAtJA
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 23, 2019
Howard was traded from Washington to Memphis this summer after a disappointing, injury-riddled season with the Wizards. After reaching a contract buyout with the Grizzlies, he’s on his way back to Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old big man spent one season with the Lakers in 2012-13. He was named All-NBA Third Team, but the Lakers massively under-performed, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs – 4-0.
Perhaps he’ll find more success this time.