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Dwight Howard, Jason Kidd discussed life; Kidd became convinced about Howard’s newfound awakening

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Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd were able to connect in person after the Memphis Grizzlies gave the Lakers permission to speak to Howard and work him out, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Howard and Kidd discussed life, their playing days together and the possibility of Howard joining the Lakers.

After the Lakers and Charles Briscoe (Howard’s agent) were given permission to seek the opportunity by the Grizzlies, Howard and Kidd were able to connect in person, league sources told The Athletic. They discussed life, their playing days together, the possibility of Howard joining the Lakers.

Kidd became convinced about Howard’s newfound awakening.

Dwight Howard will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed $2.6 million deal with the Lakers once he clears waivers. 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 played one season for the Lakers back in 2012-13. 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.

Since his prime days with the Orlando Magic ended, Howard has played for the LakeShow, Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Wizards.