Howard met with Lakers coaches and teammates, including Anthony Davis, before this deal was made official, admitting that he had hit "rock bottom." The former eight-time All-Star saw his peak with the Orlando Magic, where he reached the NBA Finals, only to fall to the Lakers. He then joined Los Angeles to team with Kobe Bryant, which was a match that never worked from the beginning.
He has since not been able to find a consistent home, getting traded three times and waived twice since signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks in 2016. He was most recently with the Charlotte Hornets this past season, but the 33-year-old has since lost 25 pounds, which is why the Lakers chose him over Joakim Noah.
With the non-guaranteed contract, the Lakers hold the right to release Howard before the January 7th deadline to make the call on certain contracts. The big man will surrender $2.6 million of his $5.6 million in guaranteed money in the buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, who reportedly never intended on bringing Howard to training camp. The former All-Defensive force is now in a position where he's in an audition for a spot throughout the first half of the season, but now, he'll take whatever opportunity comes his way.