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REPORT: Lakers players were involved in process of adding Dwight Howard to team

2019-20 NBA season, Lakers

Dwight Howard will be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers this upcoming season after agreeing on a non-guaranteed deal. He reportedly had several meetings and workouts with the Purple and Gold before both sides decided to reunite.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Lakers players were also involved in assessing Howard and his fit with what they are trying to do in Los Angeles.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne added that Howard indeed met with some of his soon-to-be teammates to prove that he’s willing to do anything to help them win a championship.

Meanwhile, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee spent time with Howard in the team’s practice facility to determine if they could trust him.

The Howard deal is a low-risk, potentially high reward move for the Lakers, as Dwight is still capable of producing decent numbers when healthy. Although he played only nine games for the Washington Wizards last season, he managed to average 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.

The Lakers will expect Howard to fill in the role left by injured center DeMarcus Cousins. He will likely serve as a backup for McGee, but that should give him an ample amount of time to prove himself to the team and to the fans once again.