Prodigal Son Coming Home? Lakers Might Sign Former Star

Published 08/01/2021, 9:44 AM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up four fingers after winning his fourth NBA championship after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have become a hot destination for any player after they just acquired Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster trade. Getting rid of Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell gave fans some relief. But this only means the doors aren’t closed. With the offseason in full force, speculations are who else they would want are making rounds. And it seems like Dwight Howard might be making his comeback to the purple and gold, for the third time.

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Is Dwight Howard ready to go back to where he belongs?

Dwight Howard may not be in his prime but has proven that he can still impact the game. Last season, he fit well with the Philadelphia 76ers and in the limited role he had in the postseason, he deserves a pat on the back for it. Based on this, if Dwight enters free agency, there is a chance that a good market would be available.

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However, it seems as if the 76ers are not the ones who have eyes on bringing him back. As per Brad Turner, the Lakers are looking to join forces with Howard once again. “Guess who might be back for the third time? Yup, Dwight Howard is ready to return and play center,” he stated.

But does bringing another center fit well for the Lakers? They already have Marc Gasol and Andre Drummond. And if you see, Howard could do well with other teams like the Utah Jazz, the Boston Celtics, or even going back to Philly.

Sep 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers players Dwight Howard (39), LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma (0) celebrate against the Denver Nuggets during the first half in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Lakers trying to reverse an unfortunate incident?

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Howard played a vital role in the Lakers NBA championship in 2020. From being a veteran locker room presence to a great defender, he had returned to the team for the second time after his ugly exit the first time in 2013.

When he entered free agency last year, the team was very keen on keeping him on the roster. And then Dwight’s rash decision of posting about going back to the Lakers without any official contract landed him in a soup that eventually led to his exit.

Mar 11, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) pressures Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, he did recover from this tragedy and had a great season with the Sixers. However, seeing him back on the court with the Lakers certainly gives fans hope that the franchise is getting ready for a big comeback after their early disappointing exit this season.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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