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Dwight Howard completes buyout with Grizzlies, will sign with Lakers once he clears waivers

Dwight Howard, Lakers

Dwight Howard has completed his buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies and will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Dwight Howard’s deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials. The franchise will give the former superstar big man a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players were involved in the process as well.

Howard played one season for the Lakers back in the 2012-13 season. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular season games while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. LA was swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. Howard signed with the Houston Rockets that summer.

Last season with the Washington Wizards, Howard played in just nine games. He underwent a lumbar microdiscotemy in November. Howard put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds with Washington.

Howard always had a good relationship with Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss despite leaving Los Angeles on bad terms with some people in the organization. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this all plays out.