The Los Angeles Lakers have been busy since LeBron James chose to take his talents to Tinseltown, reportedly agreeing to deals with Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee. They've surrounded the NBA's best player with a couple of the league's wackiest players in Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.
However adding a player like Howard, even if his scoring has declined some since his prime, would add a major physical and (most importantly) rebounding presence down low. How about signing Dwight Howard?
According to The LA Times' Brad Turner, Johnson showed up at James' house at 12:01 ET/9:01 PT on July 1, the minute free agency began, to recruit James to the Lakers.
Howard was recently traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Charlotte Hornets and is in the process of completing a buyout with the Nets. But the Lakers need a center and nearly the entire regime (from the players to the coaching staff to the front office) is now different from when Howard played there.
Howard played for the Charlotte Hornets a year ago and averaged 16.6 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and shot 55.5% from the floor. Of course, the entire premise is based on one thing: The purported desire Leonard has to play for the Lakers and their potential superteam.
As he had in the past, when he declared he was taking his talents to South Beach in 2010 and returning home in 2014, James took the wishes of his brood into account. The team acquired him from the Orlando Magic prior to the 2012-2013 season, forming what was expected to be a title contender with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash on the roster. However, late Sunday night, James' decision was announced and he will be a member of the Lakers.
The all-star player is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to head to the Lakers for the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season, his agency announced.
Wojnarowski added that disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is still set on also donning the iconic purple and gold colors. Howard reportedly has interest in re-joining the Los Angeles Lakers.