Dwight Howard has officially approved the waivers after being sidelined by the Memphis Grizzlies and is signing his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Sources: Dwight Howard has approved the waivers and is now signing his new contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard plans to wear number 39 as Laker next season.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 26, 2019
Dwight is the first Laker to wear number 39 if you like that kind of thing.
– 30 to 50 hated (@HoniAhm) August 26, 2019
The contract Dwight Howard will sign at LAL is called a "summer contract" because it offers $ 0 salary protection (comparable to Anthony Bennett in Houston). Howard will earn $ 14,490 for each day he appears on the list. The daily clock will start on October 21st.
– Bobby Marks (@ BobbyMarks42) August 26, 2019
The lakers later confirmed the move.
While some might say "Did not we know that it was already happening? Why this news? " and I answer them: did not we say the same thing about hiring Tyronn Lue as head coach? Whenever something that is said in the works is actually done after that, it is of actuality.
But as for Howard, we'll see if he says it makes sense, but number 39 is an extremely random number, and the Internet had fun with:
Only Dwight Howard would choose the number 39
– Ali B (@ali_behpoornia) August 26, 2019
Let's be honest, Dwight asked to wear the 69 and decided for that.
– Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) August 26, 2019
39 for the amount of new starts that Dwight had in the NBA
– Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) August 26, 2019
But there could be a simpler explanation:
Dwight's contract being a "summer contract", he only remembers how he will be on the ice to start his second stint in Los Angeles. The Lakers offer no guarantee of money here, and if Howard does not commit himself to play the role that the team asks him, he will look for another training that will soon be hung up. However, if it bounces, filters and ends the lobs, it may last a little longer.
For a player with as many new starts as Howard has had, changing now is a big deal. But to add another, if it was ever time for Howard to change things and show that he can contribute to victory as a player, it would seem that this is the moment. He must admit that this may be his last stroke of the NBA at this point, and one would think it would mean he would pay attention to his positives and negatives to make sure he takes advantage of it.
If he does not, well, he will no longer be around and his No. 39 uniform will be a collector's clothing to wear around the Las Vegas Summer League.
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