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Dwight Howard wouldn’t mind returning to Lakers or joining Clippers

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard was traded by the Washington Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies for C.J. Miles, but the 33-year-old’s NBA career might not be over following Memphis’ expected waiving of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Howard, in his 15th NBA season, would love another “shot” at Los Angeles, either with the title-contending Lakers or Clippers, per the LA Times.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.,” Howard said. “Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers too.

Howard sought a trade to the Lakers in 2012, which was completed to the All-Star’s satisfaction. Despite assembling Howard and two-time MVP Steve Nash along with Kobe Bryant, LA team had trouble incorporating the center into Mike D’Antoni’s system.

After his time in Los Angeles with the Lakers, it’s been a whirlwind of a career backend for the once intimidating Howard. He spent three seasons with the Houston Rockets before burning out—later finding one-year stints with his hometown Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. Howard’s time in D.C. was cut short due to an injury, which limited to only nine games played with the Wizards.

Howard appears to be eager for a chance to play with the Clippers, as he praised the moves Doc Rivers’ team has made this offseason in the interview with the LA Times. “This is just all that hard work paying off,” Howard remarked about the Clippers’ summer, which included signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George.