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Dwight Howard says he’s not on the Los Angeles Lakers anymore because they won’t give anybody “over 30 a contract”

Dwight Howard still wants to be with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the feeling is apparently not mutual.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard's NBA career might be over, as no team is seemingly interested in signing him. In a recent appearance on Shannon Sharpe's podcast, he expressed a desire to be back with the Los Angeles Lakers. But apparently, the organization doesn't want him anymore.

"I've been willing to go back," Howard said. "They told me every time, 'We're not get nobody over 30 a contract, a multiple-year contract.' So, I'm like, 'Dang, I just helped y'all win the NBA championship. Y'all could get your boy a mil or two, or give me a mil. I don't want a whole bunch of minutes. Give me 20 minutes, and let me ball out.'"

Addressing his Lakers experience

The 36-year-old center also said that he accommodated everything the Lakers required of him, even if it meant playing less than 20 minutes a game and not having a huge role on offense.

"I felt like whatever they asked me to do, I did it," Howard continued. "I came in. I played my role to the T. I didn't complain about it. I didn't make any issues."

Howard also took the chance to address his altercation with Anthony Davis during a game in the 2021-22 season, an incident which he feels affected other teams' perception of him.

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"Even last year, the thing with AD was blown out of proportion," Howard said. "And I felt like that was wrong for the people to twist it and turn it like it was me and them not knowing what was really going on and how we ended up getting that of the way. I just felt like, 'Oh, that was messed up.' So now, it's put me in a position like I'm in now, where teams may feel like, 'We don't know about Dwight.'"

The event he alluded to occurred near the end of the second half of the Lakers' regular-season match versus the Phoenix Suns. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year also clarified that he and Davis talked about it and made up immediately.

Should the Lakers have considered signing Howard?

It seems that Howard is still auditioning for a roster spot in L.A. despite what the front office has already told him. With a 2-7 standing, the franchise should be finding ways to improve the team.

A look at the roster will tell anyone that the Lakers could use a big body. So far this season, the center position has been manned by Davis, Damian Jones, Wenyen Gabriel, and LeBron James.

Los Angeles has to face it. Davis has gone on record to say that he doesn't like playing the 5, and Jones has been abysmal in the six games he has appeared in. Gabriel and James have done admirable jobs in spot minutes at center, but long term, it may not be viable.

Maybe taking a hard look at adding Howard was in the best interest of a struggling Lakers squad. The veteran has already announced that he is heading east to play in a Taiwanese league, but that wouldn't stop him from returning to the purple and gold.

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