Frank Vogel explains how Lakers plan to utilize Dwight Howard

Oleh E.Jay Zarett 2 September 2019 20
Frank Vogel explains how Lakers plan to utilize Dwight Howard

The Lakers have a plan for Dwight Howard. 

Los Angeles inked the 33-year-old center to a non-guaranteed, one-year contract last month after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL. Lakers coach Frank Vogel was asked about Howard's role with the team during a recent interview with Spectrum SportsNet.

"We're definitely confident he can play the role we've laid out for him," Vogel said. "He's coming to the Lakers at a very different time in his career. ... He's later in his career now, he's a different person, has a different mindset. We feel really good about where he's at as a person.

"He's going to serve a different role. It's going to be more of a role-player type of role, as opposed to being the lead. He understands that. He's excited about playing that type of role on this team and what we can accomplish as a group. So, we're excited about what he's going to bring to the table."

Howard, who previously spent one season with the Lakers in 2012-13, was a star early in his career with the Magic but has regressed significantly since then. The eight-time All-Star's path to return to Los Angeles was cleared after he received a buyout from the Grizzlies, who acquired him in a deal with the Wizards this summer. The Lakers will be the fifth team Howard has suited up for in the last five seasons. 

The Lakers rebuilt their roster this summer when they acquired Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans to pair with LeBron James. They created cap space to add a third max player but missed out on Kawhi Leonard, who signed with the Clippers.

Los Angeles then inked Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Cousins to deals.

McGee and Howard are the only two healthy centers on the Lakers’ roster.​

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