While all the attention in the NBA right now is on the restarting of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers will have a big decision to make this offseason with wight Howard.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in a great position when the NBA season resumes, as they are in first place in the Western Conference.
Before the league being suspended, the Lakers were able to pick up big wins against the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers to prove that they are a true title contender.
One of the main reasons why they have been able to find success this season is because of the moves they made this offseason. While the big move was trading for Anthony Davis, the Lakers also made some great smaller moves that worked out.
This offseason, one of the moves that ended up working out well for the Lakers was the singing of Dwight Howard. After DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn ACL in the summer, they took a chance on Howard for a second stint in Los Angeles.
Considering how badly things went the first time around with Howard, it was shocking to see Howard come back. However, Howard was a humbled man looking for a second chance. Los Angeles gave him that, and the two sides have been a perfect match.
This season, Howard has been a high energy guy for the team off the bench, providing Los Angeles with great defense and rebounding. Since Howard is making just the veteran’s minimum, he has been a steal for them.
However, this offseason, Howard will be a free agent once again, and the Lakers will have a tough call to make. With a big deal for Anthony Davis likely coming, and a few other players with player options, the Lakers might be a bit strapped for cash this summer.
Due to his great play, Howard is certainly deserving of more than just a veteran minimum. However, since the Lakers gave him a chance to resurrect his career, Howard might feel loyal and give them a bit of a discount.
While the offseason is a long way away for the Lakers, it is something that the front office will have to be thinking about. Howard has been a key piece for the team this season, and keeping him would be nice for next season.