Lakers to guarantee Howard’s contract for rest of season

Veteran center Dwightr Howard signed with the Lakers during the summer.

The Los Angeles Lakers are guaranteeing the remainder of center Dwight Howard’s contract for the season, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The Lakers signed Howard to a $2.65 million veteran’s minimum deal over the summer. His salary is set to become fully guaranteed should he remain on the team after 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

“The 16-year veteran has been a pleasant surprise as a positive locker room presence, speaking out in support of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when the guard was struggling earlier in the season and relishing his split minutes with starting center JaVale McGee,” McMenamin wrote.

Howard, 34, is averaging 7.1 points and 6.8 rebounds and shooting 74 percent from the field. While he’s been up-and-down, he is clearly giving the Lakers at least what they wanted, perhaps more.