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  How does LeBron James' return impact the Lakers slow start? According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are optimistic that LeBron James will make a return to the court on Friday, Nov. 19 against the Celtics.According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is "growing optimism" that superstar LeBron James will make his return for the Lakers' matchup against the Boston Celtics on Friday, Nov. 19. James is said to be "making good progress" after resuming individual workouts in recent days, set to join Los Angeles for its upcoming five-game road trip.

Jared Dudley has played very sparingly for the Los Angeles Lakers over the past two seasons, but the veteran forward is still working hard for the team on the recruiting trail.

a man holding a ball: Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) reacts towards the fans after the 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. © Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) reacts towards the fans after the 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

The Lakers could use help at the center position this offseason, and Dudley believes Dwight Howard can provide it. Howard, who will soon be a free agent, shared a video on Instagram recently that showed him working out. He captioned the video “I want a parade!!! Let’s work.” As Lakers Daily pointed out, Dudley commented on the post telling the big man it is “time to come home!”

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Dudley is also set to become a free agent, but it’s possible he could be planning to sign another one-year minimum deal with the Lakers.

Howard helped the Lakers win a title two seasons ago. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during the playoffs. The 35-year-old also made significant contributions on defense, and L.A. seemed to miss that presence down the stretch and into the postseason this year.

Howard played with the Philadelphias 76ers this past season on a veteran-minimum deal, and he could re-sign with them. He averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. If he does test free agency, the Lakers will likely have some interest.

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Lakers-Pistons melee: LeBron James suspended one game for elbow; Isaiah Stewart two games for lashing out

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