Report: Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee met with Dwight Howard, wanted to know whether they could trust him
Los Angeles Lakers players Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee met with Dwight Howard on Thursday after he finished his workout with the team in El Segundo, California.
Davis, Rondo and McGee wanted to know whether they could trust Howard, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Word traveled around the roster, and Davis, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee spent time with Howard inside the team’s facility Thursday. They wanted to know whether they could trust Howard, whether Howard’s mindset would fit this team.
The Lakers will sign Dwight Howard to a one-year, non-guaranteed $2.6 million deal once he clears waivers. Howard has completed his buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Howard played in just nine games with the Washington Wizards last season due to a back injury which required surgery. The former superstar big man averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds with Washington, who traded Howard to the Grizzlies this summer.
On the Lakers, Howard will be JaVale McGee’s backup. This won’t be like 2012-13, when Howard was a focal point on the Lakers. He put up 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular season games that year while shooting 57.8 percent from the field, but didn’t have the best relationship with Kobe Bryant or head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Dwight left the Lakers after one season to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Howard, though, always had a good relationship with Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss despite leaving Los Angeles on bad terms with some people in the organization.