Seven years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Andrew Bynum, a conditional first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick for Dwight Howard, a six-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. At the time, it was seen as a league-shifting move, and put the Lakers among the favorites to win the 2013 NBA Finals.
However, after struggling to mesh with Kobe Bryant and find his role within the team, Howard left Los Angeles the following summer, sending the Lakers into a rebuild that has taken them seven years to recover from. Luckily, they came out of the trade alright, only having to surrender three second-round picks, none of which have blossomed into impactful NBA players. The fans, on the other hand, still have hard feelings.
Every time Howard has visited Staples Center since 2013, he’s been mercilessly booed by Lakers fans. Despite this, the 33-year-old center would be open to a return to Los Angeles, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times (emphasis mine):
The Grizzlies reportedly are trying to trade Howard, and if they can’t strike a deal, will waive him before the start of the season. Howard isn’t sure where he’ll wind up, but said he wouldn’t mind giving Los Angeles, whether that’s with the Lakers or Clippers, another shot.