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.