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Lakers invite Howard, Ariza to return

AN ongoing overhaul of the Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly turn up a few old friends when free agency kicks off on Friday. Center Dwight Howard and swingman Trevor Ariza agreed to terms with the Lakers, according to multiple reports on Monday, and shooting guard Wayne Ellington also is joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Ellington will sign a one-year deal with the team, per several reports on Monday, and the Lakers can officially introduce their new point guard, Russell Westbrook on the same day (Aug. 6) as the league year begins.

Howard, an eight-time All-Star who turns 36 in December, would embark on a third stint with the Lakers. — Reuters