Howard tallied 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 20 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Lakers' 120-94 win over the Warriors.
With Anthony Davis (ribs) missing his first game of the season, there were a few more center minutes to go around for both Howard and JaVale McGee, who overwhelmed a banged-up Golden State squad. Prior to Wednesday's game, Howard had largely outperformed McGee, but the fantasy upside for both big men will be capped so long as Davis' injury isn't a long-term concern.
Howard finished Sunday's contest with nine points (3-3 FG, 3-5 FT) and six rebounds in 17 minutes during the Lakers' 113-104 loss to the Raptors.
Howard's perfect performance from the field marked the fourth time in his last seven games he's gone without missing a field goal. Considering the big man is sporting an absurd field-goal percentage of 88.2 in the month of November, and 78.8 percent on the season, the Lakers may look to utilize the 33-year-old's incredible efficiency more as the season continues.
Howard finished with six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 FT), six boards, and one block in 24 minutes of a 118-112 win Tuesday against the Bulls.
Howard played significantly more minutes than starting center JaVale McGee, but was not nearly as effective of an option in the contest. The game came just two days after his second double-double of the season, and the veteran wasn't able to turn it on for the second consecutive night. Los Angeles plays Miami on Friday.
Howard had 14 points (7-7 FG, 0-1 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench during the Lakers' 103-96 win at the Spurs on Sunday night.
Howard continues to come off the bench for the Lakers, but has registered at least 20 minutes in three of Los Angeles' last four games -- he has racked up double-doubles in two of those outings, while posting multiple blocks in every single appearance thus far. Howard's upside will be limited if he continues to come off the bench, but he has done enough of late to warrant decent fantasy consideration. The Lakers will play on the road Tuesday at Chicago.
Howard tallied 16 points (8-8 FG, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and an assist across 23 minutes in Sunday's 120-101 win over the Hornets.
Howard recorded his first double-double of the season on Sunday and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor. While JaVale McGee is the presumed starter on a nightly basis, Howard is definitely going to have an impact, and we'll often see nights like this as long as he stays healthy. His age and propensity for injury mean that we'll likely lose him to a few back-to-backs along the way, and on those days, it's probably wise to throw your focus to McGee as a low-ownership target.
Howard played 19 minutes off the bench and provided three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, one block and one assist in Tuesday's 112-102 loss to the Clippers.
Howard may have lost out to JaVale McGee for the opening night start, but the two essentially saw even playing time at center in the contest. Coming off a 2018-19 campaign that was lost to back surgery, Howard now sports a slimmed-down physique, but the 33-year-old wasn't exactly in vintage form in his season debut. Unless McGee or Anthony Davis succumbs to an injury, Howard may have trouble clearing 25 minutes with any regularity.
Howard will be rested for Friday's preseason finale against the Warriors, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
The Lakers are resting virtually their entire regular rotation in the final exhibition tune-up as they turn their attention to the regular season opener Tuesday against the Clippers.
Howard will come off the bench Wednesday against the Warriors, Mark Medina of USA Today reports
Howard will be replaced in the starting lineup by JaVale McGee for Wednesday's rematch with the Warriors. In Monday's 104-98 win, the veteran center totaled 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four rebounds and a block in just 22 minutes of run against a depleted Warriors' frontline, making Howard an interesting DFS option Wednesday.
Howard delivered 12 points (2-4 FG, 8-10 FT), 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block across 22 minutes during the Lakers' 104-98 preseason win over the Warriors on Monday.
Howard looked to be in mid-season form with his dominant performance. The veteran big man saw injuries essentially wipe out his 2018-19 campaign with the Wizards, but he'll look for a fresh start in the Lakers' fast-paced offense. However, the presence of the capable JaVale McGee behind him could certainly serve to limit Howard's minutes to an extent.
Howard ran with the first unit at Sunday's practice, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Coach Frank Vogel said he used a starting five of Howard, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley and LeBron James, and he noted that the group "had their way" with the second unit. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but this is a positive sign for Howard, who may have a slight edge over JaVale McGee in the battle for the starting center spot. Given his history as one of the league's most dominant rebounders and shot-blockers, Howard does carry some level of intrigue, though he'll have to prove he can stay healthy and focused as he joins his fifth team in as many seasons.
Howard is expected to sign a "summer contract" with the Lakers, providing him with zero salary protection, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins (knee) for the season, Los Angeles is expected to come to terms with Howard, though they'll protect themselves by signing him to a non-guaranteed deal. According to Marks, the Lakers will pay Howard $14,490 per day starting on Oct. 21, and they're also expected to include an Exhibit 9, meaning the team would only owe the big man $6,000 if he picks up an injury and is waived prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.
Howard is on the verge of reaching a buyout with the Grizzlies and plans to sign a contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the deal will be non-guaranteed, as the Lakers need Howard to "show he's made changes in how he conducts himself." Lakers players were also reportedly involved in the process.
Howard shores up the Lakers' center depth following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. Howard appeared in just nine games last season due to a lower-back/glute injury. He played well in 2017-18, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists in 30.4 minutes. That said, it seems unlikely Howard will see that kind of a role during his age 33 season. Assuming Howard's deal ends up guaranteed, he'll be competing for minutes with Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee at center. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James could spent spot minutes at the position as well. Given the nature of the contract, the marriage between the Lakers and Howard could fall apart quickly, but there is certainly fantasy upside for Howard if the relationship ends up being tenable.
The Lakers are expected to request permission from the Grizzlies to meet with Howard regarding a potential union, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
After Memphis acquired his rights from Washington in July, Howard is on the Grizzlies' books for the 2019-20 campaign, but the team is expected to release him before the upcoming season. Since Memphis recognizes that Howard isn't part of their future plans, the organization may just be doing him a favor by allowing him to meet with Los Angeles, which has clear need for added depth at center after DeMarcus Cousins (knee) suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a workout last week. Howard apparently has interest in rejoining the Lakers, with whom he spent a tumultuous 2012-13 campaign. Now 33 years old and returning from back surgery, Howard likely wouldn't be asked to play major minutes behind JaVale McGee, who would presumably start at center if the Lakers commit to using Anthony Davis as a power forward.
Howard (back) said in a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic that he has lost 25 pounds since the 2018-19 season ended and added that he has received full clearance for all on-court activities.
The eight-time All-Star was limited to just nine appearances last season with the Wizards, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 boarsd in 25.6 minutes per game before requiring season-ending back surgery. Though the 33-year-old Howard now has a clean bill of health, the fact that he's already undergone multiple back procedures during his career doesn't inspire the utmost confidence in his ability to hold up to an 82-game schedule. Moreover, Howard no longer looks to be an ideal fit in the modern NBA and now finds himself on his fifth team in as many years after the Wizards shipped him to the Grizzles earlier this month. He could be in search of a new home soon, as the Grizzlies are expected to waive him at some point before the start of the upcoming campaign.
Howard was traded to the Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for CJ Miles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Howard was limited to just nine appearances last season after dealing with a back injury that ultimately required surgery. The trade saves Memphis $3.1 million in cap space, and the team seemingly plans to trade or waive Howard. When Howard played in 81 games for Charlotte in 2017-18, he averaged 30.4 minutes, 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Howard (back) informed the Wizards on Friday that he would exercise his $5.6 million player option for 2019-20, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
Limited to just nine appearances in his first season in Washington due to a back injury that ultimately required surgery, Howard wasn't likely to find any team willing to pay him $5.6 million had he explored free agency. He thus determined it was in his best interest to exercise his option, ensuring that he'll be back with the Wizards for another season. Though Washington envisioned Howard serving as a stopgap starter at center heading into last season, it's unclear if the 33-year-old will get the opportunity to even compete for a top-unit role if he returns to training camp at full health. Thomas Bryant flashed an intriguing skill set at center during his second NBA season, and the Wizards might not be willing to reduce his playing time in 2019-20 to accommodate Howard. Washington may also bolster its frontcourt through free agency, trade or the draft, which would further reduce Howard's chances of re-emerging as an impact player.
Coach Scott Brooks said that it's "pretty safe to say" that Howard (back) won't return this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
With the Wizards sitting outside of the playoff picture going into the last week of the season, the Wizards seem to be content letting Howard miss the last few games. He's still limited to just non-contact work, meaning he's likely still got quite a bit of progress to make before he'd be ready to return. With Howard expected to miss the remainder of the season, Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant should continue to see the bulk of the workload at center.
Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that the Wizards haven't shut Howard (back) down for the season, despite the center being limited to non-contact work on the court, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
The Wizards enter Tuesday's action 4.5 games off the pace for the eighth seed in the Western Conference with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Given the team's position in the standings, there's little incentive at this point to rush Howard back into action even if he turns a corner in what has been a prolonged recovery from back surgery along with a hamstring injury. Expect the Wizards to proceed with Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant as their primary options at center the rest of the way.
Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that he has no updates on Howard's (back) recovery, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Brooks noted that he "won't say it isn't looking good" but followed up by acknowledging that time is running out for Howard to get back on the floor this season. The veteran big man hasn't played since mid-November, and at this point, even if he does return, he'd likely see limited minutes in just a handful of contests.
Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that Howard (back) suffered a minor setback when he tweaked his hamstring while doing non-contact drills, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Howard was already a ways away from his return to the court while he works his way back from back surgery, but now he may have a hamstring injury to go along with it. With that, it appears unlikely that the big man returns before the end of March, and at that point, it puts the remainder of the season in doubt. Howard has appeared in just nine games for the Wizards this season.
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