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Report: Lakers signing Dwight Howard viewed as inevitable

Former Lakers center Dwight Howard

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers after winning the 2020 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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Dwight Howard announced last offseason he’d re-sign with the Lakers.

But they never actually offered him a contract. So, he signed with the 76ers.

Maybe he’ll actually return to Los Angeles this offseason.

Marc Stein:

In addition to what many regard as the inevitable return of Dwight Howard for a third go-round in Hollywood, San Antonio’s Patty Mills and Detroit’s Wayne Ellington are two prime free agents of interest for the Los Angeles Lakers

Good outside shooters, Mills and Ellington would be excellent fits as the Lakers attempt to find spacing around LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

Spreading the floor will be especially difficult if Davis insists on playing power forward. Most centers – including Howard – aren’t threatening from beyond the 3-point arc. But in a limited role, Howard could help as a defender and rebounder.

Several veterans have been linked to the Lakers. Some might actually be interested in taking a low salary to chase a ring in Los Angeles. But some might be using the Lakers as leverage when they don’t have multiple other teams bidding.