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Report: Dwight Howard showed Lakers he’s physically ready and ‘can play still’

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In his workout and visit with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Howard showed he’s physically ready and “can play still,” according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Once he clears waivers, Howard will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers. The Memphis Grizzlies officially waived Howard on Saturday.

“He had a really good workout for them. The impression I got was that physically, he seemed really strong. He proved to them he can play still,” Shelburne said.

“But I think what he really did is he had some meetings with the coaching staff, Jason Kidd, Frank Vogel and also players he’ll be on the team with. He satisfied them that look, I just wanna save my basketball career. I’m here to be part of a winning culture.”

Last season with the Washington Wizards, Dwight Howard played in just nine games. He underwent a lumbar microdiscotemy in November, the second back surgery he’s had in his NBA career.

Howard put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds with Washington. He’s reportedly lost 20-to-25 pounds since the back surgery.

The Lakers will use Howard as JaVale McGee’s backup at center. 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 that year while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.

Los Angeles will waive Howard the second he steps out of line. Howard is on a very short leash with the Lakers.