Six years have passed after one season Dwight Howard spent with the Lakers in 2012-13. Though his departure from this team was pretty harsh, an eight-time All-Star decided to rejoin the club. The confirmation came on Monday. The 33-year-old veteran agreed on the contract and got 39th number. Howard will team with JaVale McGee and Anthony Davis to play center for the Lakers and will receive $14 490 for each day of playing for the team, starting on October 21.
Dwight Howard’s return to the club generated mixed feelings among fans. Howard’s disrepute causes concerns that he can negatively affect the atmosphere in the team’s locker room. According to ESPN, the Lakers would expel him if he would adversely affect the performance even though Howard is, without doubt, one of the greatest NBA players of his generation.
He underwent spinal surgery a couple of years ago but is said to be fully recovered. He has lost some weight and showed consistent average points and rebounds rate per game since. Nevertheless, it seems Howard has matured and persuaded the Lakers bosses he can be an effective team player and a supporting teammate.
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Some first signs of his influence can be already seen in the upcoming game Los Angeles Clippers against Los Angeles Lakers.