Dwight Howard To Participate In NBA’s Restart

Lakers center Dwight Howard, who had been weighing whether or not to participate in the NBA’s restart this summer, has decided to play, per Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter).

If Howard had opted out of the NBA’s return, he would have forfeited approximately 1.1% of his salary for each game missed, up to a maximum of 14 games. Instead, the veteran big man – who will join the team in Orlando on Thursday – will receive his remaining game checks and will donate them to his non-profit campaign Breathe Again, according to Charania.

Like teammate Avery Bradley, who opted not to participate in the NBA’s restart, Howard talked last month about not wanting the resumed season to draw attention away from social justice movements. He has also been going through personal issues unrelated to social justice, including the recent death of his six-year-old son’s mother.

With Howard on board, it appears the Lakers will be missing just one player (Bradley) from a roster that took a Western Conference-best 49-14 record into the NBA’s hiatus in March. J.R. Smith was signed last week as a substitute player to replace Bradley.

An eight-time All-Star, Howard figures to share center duties this summer with JaVale McGee and Anthony Davis. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has enjoyed a strong bounce-back season with the Lakers in 2019/20 after a lost year in Washington. In 62 games (19.2 MPG), Howard has averaged 7.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 1.2 BPG with a .732 FG%.

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21 thoughts on “Dwight Howard To Participate In NBA’s Restart

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      This will be his last chance of getting a ring. Good luck Dwight.

    • Afk711

      I too believe a team with two top 5 players and lots of cap room only has a 1 year window. You clowns are funny.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        LBJ will be 36 by the end of the year. Even if he is still a top 5 player, he won’t be for much longer. The short layoff before next season begins will hurt him more than anyone. And most of that cap room will be needed to re-sign Davis after the season, there won’t be that much left afterwards.

        • Afk711

          Cool. Talk to me when his play actually declines. They will still have cap room after re-signing Davis. But sure tell me how much better the Rockers are with the 2 most toxic playoff chokers in the sport

          • the dude

            Bron has choked his fair share, but he has adapted at a higher level that is unprecedented. He’s still top 4, but he is at that age that one injury is all it takes to dethrone him. It happened to MJ and Kobe.

              • hiflew

                Speaking from personal experience, it is a lot easier to heal and rehab at 29 than at 36. Father Time is now and always will be undefeated. Some people can make it a good game with him, but ultimately they lose too.

            • GABEPERKINS1

              What dethroned mj? He walked away.. he came back with the wizards and still made 2 all stars and averaged over 20 ppl..

          • Sillivan

            Among Top 8 teams Lakers salary is lowest
            After signing free agents
            Clippers
            76ers
            Nets
            Warriors
            Raptors
            Celtics
            Bucks

        • GABEPERKINS1

          Lebron is used to short layoffs.. between all the playoff appearances, finals appearances, olympics.. lebron is a machine.. always working.. now the fun begins.. playoff lebron, engaged

      • Time, the cruel Mistress
        Takes All from Everyone
        Leaves us all as Dust

        Rome, Egypt, the Khans
        All held sway over the World
        Now lie in Ruin

        Bird, Shaquille, MJ
        Crossing the League like a Sun
        Their Night has Fallen

        Twilight for LeBron
        How long until Darkness falls?
        Only Time will tell.

        • x%sure

          An altered and hykued Nights In White Satin Lament?

          That orb rules the night
          But we decide which is right
          And which is an ill.

  1. hiflew

    Once again, Dwight Howard proves to be all talk. It’s his right to make the choice, but if you are going to run your mouth, you should at least back it up.

  2. Sillivan

    Unless Warriors use 17 million TE,trade 2 valuable picks
    Warriors won’t win any more champions

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