After playing just nine games with the Washington Wizards this past season due to a back injury, Dwight Howard is hoping that he will bounce back next season and show he still has a place in NBA. And he wouldn’t mind doing that in Los Angeles.
Wizards traded Howard to Memphis Grizzlies this offseason, but he is expected to be waived soon as he doesn’t fit with the team’s inexperience and young roster. When asked by the Los Angeles Times about his next destination, the 33-year-old center said he is open to signing with Los Angeles Lakers or LA Clippers.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.,” – said Howard. “Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there, it was rocking every night.”
Howard already played in the Lakers’ jersey back in 2012/13 but his pairing with aging Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant didn’t end up well and he left the team after just one year. Despite the short and unsuccessful stint, however, the eight times All-Star thinks highly about Lakers.
“It just wasn’t the right fit for me at the time,” – he added. “But the Lakers have been doing something right for a long time because they have the most fans in the world and the most championships over the past 40 years. You’re not going to win a championship every year, but they’re back and will compete for a championship next season.”
After leaving the Lakers, Dwight Howard spent time with Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets. He never managed, however, to get back on the same level of play he had with Orlando Magic early in his career.
Howard’s NBA career averages include 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.