Dwight Howard cleared waivers and was signing Monday with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
ESPN first reported Friday that Howard agreed to a buyout of his existing contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in order to sign with the Lakers, who are looking for help at center to fill a void created when DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL training in Las Vegas.
ESPN reported Monday that Howard would sign what is known as a “summer contract,” which is non-guaranteed and which would pay him $14,490 for every day he is on the roster, starting Oct. 21. The contract would likely include a provision that would make the Lakers responsible for only $6,000 if Howard is injured and waived before the regular season, according to ESPN.
Howard, who turns 34 in December, begins his second tour with the Lakers. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 games in 2012-13.
The eight-time All-Star has career marks of 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds in 1,044 games.
Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in nine games last season with the Washington Wizards, his campaign ending in November because of back surgery.