Howard to join Lakers; buyout agreed

Tanya Simon
August 24, 2019

That was Howard's only season in Los Angeles, signing with the Atlanta Hawks that very next offseason. The Memphis Grizzlies just announced that they would be buying Howard out of his contract making him a free agent.

The eight-time All-Star selection will be the ostensible replacement for center DeMarcus Cousins, who recently tore a knee ligament after signing with the Lakers as a free agent last month. JaVale McGee is the only healthy, true center now on the roster.

Davis says he prefers to play in a power forward role for the bulk of his minutes.

The 33-year-old center is reportedly working on a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies and plans on signing a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers once it is finalized. While he's no longer the "Superman" version of himself that we saw in Orlando, the Lakers only have JaVale McGee at center and an all-world player in Anthony Davis who is uninterested in playing the position. 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. The Lakers aren't the only team that has had trouble integrating Howard into their mix.

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The deal will return Howard to a team where had a disastrous first stint. He subsequently signed with the Rockets after one year in Los Angeles.

As a result, Howard left a bad taste in the mouths of Laker fans.

With Howard back in the fold, a glaring hole has been filled.

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.

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