Lakers sign Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington and Trevor Ariza


The Lakers have a lot of power in the spotlight, but a lack of cap space has led them to round out their roster with low-cost veterans.

The Lakers took the first step towards restocking their depleted roster following the successful deal with Russell Westbrook, accepting contracts with veterans Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington within the opening hours of the free agency Monday. The agreements became official on Frida.

All three have played for the Lakers before, with Howard (2020) and Ariza (2009) helping them increase their championship and Ellington serving for just one season in 2014-15.

This will actually be Howard’s third stint in purple and gold, following his races in 2012-13 and 2019-20. He served as a key reserve for the Lakers in their last championship in support of superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Ariza, 36, averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounding points in 30 appearances for Miami last season, his 10th team in 17 NBA campaigns.

Ellington, 33, enjoyed one of the best years of his journeyman career last season in Detroit, scoring 42.2 percent from 3-pointers averaging 9.6 points per game.