The Lakers are hopeful that Howard (personal) will be able to join the team in Orlando, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Howard has been designated as a player dealing with an "extenuating circumstance" as it pertains to his status for the league's restart. Per McMenamin, the mother of one of Howard's children recently passed away, and the team is staying in touch with the big man as the league's return grows closer. As of now, the hope is that Howard will be able to play, but there's a chance he could opt out to tend to the family issue.

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