Lakers To Guarantee Dwight Howard’s Contract

The Lakers will guarantee the remainder of Dwight Howard‘s contract this season, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Howard signed with the Lakers for the veteran’s minimum of $2.56MM and his salary becomes fully guaranteed at 5 PM Tuesday unless he’s waived.

Howard has stayed healthy and become a valued member of the Lakers’ second unit. He’s averaging 7.1 PPG on 73.8% shooting, 6.8 RPG and 1.4 BPG in 19.5 MPG. There also hasn’t been any reported friction between Howard and his teammates, something that was an issue in his previous stops.

Howard, 34, appeared in just nine games with the Wizards last season due to back and hamstring injuries.

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15 thoughts on “Lakers To Guarantee Dwight Howard’s Contract

  1. OCTraveler

    They should … he’s been an asset so far and could give AD more rest down the stretch

  2. It’s funny how a non-guaranteed contract gets guys to behave and play well. Almost as effective as a contract year.

    • Maybe teams should do this a little more often. Looks like it gets guys to perform who in the past were complainers and malcontents.

  3. hiflew

    Is anyone else surprised that Howard is only 34? He really seems like he should be about the same age as Vince Carter.

  4. Curtisrowe

    Howard was averaging 32 minutes a game as a rookie his first year out of high school. He was averaging a double-double as a teenager.

  5. abcrazy4dodgers

    Hate to see him go, but $$ wise he’s probably played his way off this team next year.

    • JonnyLucas

      That sounds right. He’ll get himself a 6-9 million deal next year. Too much for the lakers.

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