Jump crew reacts when Dwight Howard is brought back by the Lakers for a third consecutive time. (1:06).
LOS ANGELES -- Sources told ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement with three former players Monday, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. The deal comes as the team looks to replenish its roster following the Russell Westbrook deal.
Howard, now 35, won a championship in L.A.'s second season with the team, two years ago, before joining the Philadelphia 76ers last summer. Qais Haider, his agent, informed ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about the agreement.
Ariza, 36, was a key player in the Lakers' 2009 title win, along with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol. Ariza was a wing player for the Lakers several times in the last few years. He has strong ties to the Lakers as well as Rob Pelinka (vice president of basketball operations) who represented Ariza while he was an agent. He averaged 9.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds last season for the Miami Heat.
The deal was disclosed by Ariza's agents, Aaron Mintz and Steven Huemann of CAA Sports to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski
Ellington, 33 years old, was a Lakers player for one season (2014-15). He is a 38.2% 3-point shooter and a professional. Ellington shot 42.2% at 3 last season and averaged 9.6 points per game for the Detroit Pistons. Yahoo! first reported Ellington's deal with the Lakers. ESPN confirmed the news from Sports.
All three players will be joining L.A. under one-year veterans minimum contracts.
The Lakers went into free agency with four players, Westbrook, LeBron Jam, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol. They still have eight roster spots to fill even with Ellington, Howard, Ariza, and Ellington.