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Dwight Howard Reportedly Gave Up Almost Half His Guaranteed Salary to Play for the Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 10: Dwight Howard attends The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard is serious about this whole LA redemption tour thing. So serious, if fact, that in order to get himself out of Memphis and into a Purple and Gold jersey, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he sacrificed almost half of what he would have been guaranteed to earn in 2019-20.

Is a non-guarantee in Los Angeles better than security in Memphis? Well, that depends on whether Dwight can keep his nose clean and stay in the good graces of Laker management. But in the meantime, he suddenly finds himself in a position to compete for a long-elusive NBA championship.

That Howard is betting on himself is a modestly encouraging sign. But until the eight-time All-Star really puts in the work and shows he's fully committed to the grind -- you can't fake that kind of thing around LeBron James -- none of this will matter. Giving up cash in hopes of chasing a title is one thing, but at this point, Lakers fans will only care about actions.