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NBA rumors: Lakers to sign Dwight Howard as DeMarcus Cousins replacement

NBA rumors: Lakers to sign Dwight Howard as DeMarcus Cousins replacement

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is just a movie, but this is for real: Dwight Howard is expected to be back in Los Angeles and sign with the Lakers, six years after his first run in purple and gold. 

Howard's agent told The Athletic's Shams Charania the center has completed a buyout with the Grizzlies and will sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers. 

This comes after the news that former Warriors and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL nearly two weeks ago. Cousins, who signed a one-year contract with the Lakers this offseason, was expected to be L.A.'s starting center this season, but that now could fall to Howard. 

Though ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Howard's contract with the Lakers is non-guaranteed, it's likely he makes the team. L.A. currently has just one natural center on their roster, former Warrior JaVale McGee, and he's better suited as a lob threat off the bench. 

That's the problem. McGee and Howard essentially fill the same roles for the Lakers. They both can swat shots and finish dunks. Besides that, they don't offer much. 

Howard also has dealt with multiple injuries in the past and only played in nine games last season with the Washington Wizards due to a gluteal injury. In his last healthy season, the 33-year-old averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2017-18 campaign. 

Replacing Cousins with McGee is a downgrade for the Lakers, but an upgrade for the Warriors and Kings when it comes to playoff seeding. Golden State is viewed as having a similar regular-season record as L.A. next season while the Kings are looking to end a 13-year playoff drought. 

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The last time Howard was a Laker, things went haywire on and off the court in Hollywood. Will the script be flipped this time? 

Howard could have quite the redemption story, but it would be a bold bet by an outsider. 

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Stop the presses. Draymond Green and Charles Barkley disagree on something.

Green appeared on TNT's pregame show Saturday, and after they revealed the 2019-20 MVP finalists, Barkley made the case that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the best scorer in NBA history.

"Y'all laughed at me. Everybody laughed at me a couple years ago," Barkley said. "I said [Harden] is the best offensive player. He's not as great of a player as Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but this guy here, might be the greatest offensive player we've ever had because, as great as Michael and Kobe were, they weren't 3-point shooters. This guy is a better 3-point shooter ... "

Co-host Kenny Smith interjected and referenced Bryant's 81-point game.

"I think James Harden could get 80 in a game," Barkley said. "If he went out and just 'I'm going to get 80.' "

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That's when Green jumped into the conversation.

"But does James score like that back then when y'all were playing and fouls weren't called the same way they're called today?" Green asked.

"I did use that caveat: In today's game, he's the greatest scorer I've ever seen," Barkley responded. "It's a different game, but he's the best we got offensively today."

Barkley, Smith and host Ernie Johnson tried to steer the conversation back to the MVP debate, but Green reverted back to the "best scorer ever" chat.

"Kevin Durant's the best scorer, by the way," Green said. "The best scorer ever. Not even close. No disrespect to James, but Kevin Durant is the best scorer ever."

"That's fair," Barkley said. "I don't agree with you."

That's some high praise from Green to his former teammate. Green played a big part in convincing Durant to sign with the Warriors in 2016, but their relationship soured after an on-court argument in Los Angeles during the 2018-19 season.

Regardless of the relationship between Green and Durant, the current Warriors forward has a point. Yes, Jordan, Bryant and Harden have put together some of the best single-season scoring numbers, but Durant is so unique in the ways he can score. We've never seen anything quite like the four-time NBA scoring champ.

Durant is lethal from the 3-point line, he can post up and score at will on the block and he can get to the rim whenever he wants.

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Green never played against Jordan, but he grew watching Bryant and faced him his final few seasons in the league, he's gone up against Harden in the NBA playoffs several times over the last few years, and he's played with and against Durant.

As one of the premier defenders in the NBA, Green would know better than anyone who the best scorers in the league are. If he says Durant is the best, a lot of weight should be put into those words.