Sources: Howard to join Lakers; buyout agreed – ESPN

Sources: Howard to join Lakers; buyout agreed – ESPN

After completing a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, Dwight Howard will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources have told ESPN.

An agreement on Howard’s buyout has been reached, league sources said.

The Lakers will hold the leverage on Howard and can cut him before the NBA’s Jan. 7 deadline without cost to the team. Howard moves the Lakers’ roster to a full 15 players.

The necessity to sign Howard came with a possible season-ending ACL injury to free agent center DeMarcus Cousins.

The Lakers will be Howard’s sixth team since signing as a free agent in Atlanta in 2016. He’s played with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards — and been waived after trades to the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis without ever wearing a uniform.

He played only nine games with Washington before back surgery ended his season.

Howard played one season for the Lakers in 2012-13, then spurned them for the Houston Rockets in free agency.


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