2021 Free Agency

Lakers sign Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington and Trevor Ariza

All three players will return for repeat runs in L.A., including championships for Howard (2020) and Ariza (2009).

From NBA.com News Services

The Lakers have plenty of star power, but a lack of cap space led them to reportedly round out their roster with low-cost veterans.

Lakers took the first step towards restocking their depleted roster in the wake of the blockbuster Russell Westbrook deal, agreeing to contracts with veterans Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington in the opening hours of free agency on Monday. The deals became official on Frida.

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

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

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

Ellington, 33, enjoyed one of the better years of his journeyman career last season in Detroit, shooting 42.2% on 3-pointers while averaging 9.6 points per game.