Howard is expected to sign a "summer contract" with the Lakers, providing him with zero salary protection, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins (knee) for the season, Los Angeles is expected to come to terms with Howard, though they'll protect themselves by signing him to a non-guaranteed deal. According to Marks, the Lakers will pay Howard $14,490 per day starting on Oct. 21, and they're also expected to include an Exhibit 9, meaning the team would only owe the big man $6,000 if he picks up an injury and is waived prior to the start of the 2019 campaign. Aug 26 5:23 pm (EST)
- Howard is on the verge of reaching a buyout with the Grizzlies and plans to sign a contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the deal will be non-guaranteed, as the Lakers need Howard to "show he's made changes in how he conducts himself." Lakers players were also reportedly involved in the process.
- The Lakers are expected to request permission from the Grizzlies to meet with Howard regarding a potential union, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
- Howard (back) said in a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic that he has lost 25 pounds since the 2018-19 season ended and added that he has received full clearance for all on-court activities. All Dwight Howard News
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