Dwight Howard's Jersey Number and Contract With Lakers Are Totally Bizarre

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers
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Dwight Howard is really mixing things up now that he's back in Los Angeles.

The 15-year NBA veteran is rather strangely donning No. 39 for the Lakers for the 2019-20 season, an intriguing departure from his usual No. 12 or 21.

He really didn't have a choice when it came to 12 considering that's occupied by Devontae Cacok, but it's strange that he went with a completely new number rather than asking Cacok to vacate it or roll with No. 21 like he did with the Wizards last year.

His number isn't the only bizarre part of his second stint with the Lakers, either. The deal he signed with the team is what's known as a "summer contract," which has no guaranteed salary. What that means is that he'll get paid $14,490 per day he's on the roster, and those payments will begin on Oct. 21.

Maybe he can view the new jersey and new contract as a fresh start. He can shrug off all of the distractions and problems he's dealt with and start again on a team that has playoff aspirations.

Whatever the case may be, it's truly an odd start to the next part of his long and winding roller coaster of a career.