Seven years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers exchanged Andrew Bynum, a conditional first-round pick and a second-round conditional selection for Dwight Howard, a six-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. At that time, it was seen as a movement of league change, and put the Lakers among the favorites to win the 2013 NBA Finals.
However, after struggling to relate to Kobe Bryant and find his role within the team, Howard left Los Angeles the following summer, sending the Lakers to a rebuild that has taken them seven years to recover. Fortunately, they came out of the exchange well, they only had to surrender three second-round picks, none of which has become shocking players in the NBA. Fans, on the other hand, still have hard feelings.
Every time Howard has visited the Staples Center since 2013, he has been booed by Lakers fans. Despite this, the 33-year-old center would be open to a return to Los Angeles, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times (emphasis mine):
The Grizzlies are reportedly trying to trade Howard, and if they can not reach an agreement, they will suspend him before the start of the season. Howard is not sure where he will end up, but he said he would not mind giving to Los Angeles, either with the Lakers or Scissors, another chance.
"I do not know what's going to happen, but I love L.A.," said Howard. "The Staples Center is going to have a big impact this season." When he played there, he rocked every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not only for the Lakers but also for the Clippers. I just think that all the hard work you have put in is paying off now. They have always been seen as the little brother of the Lakers, but decided to stand out and be different and we have to thank guys like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul for laying the foundations of this team, and then what doc. [Rivers] It has been great. This is all hard work that bears fruit. "
Apparently, Howard would probably prefer to sign with the Clippers, and it's safe to assume that Lakers fans would agree with that.
If Howard was still the big dominant man he was when he left Los Angeles in 2013, maybe the Lakers fans would be willing to let the past go, but Howard has not been able to be positive for a team for several years. That is why it has been exchanged seven times since 2016.
Maybe Howard can make the difference for a team in the right role, but the Lakers probably should not be the team to give Howard his fifth chance with Cousins, McGee and Davis hope to absorb most of the minutes in center . In other words, Howard should not expect billboards from Lakers fans this time.
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