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For the Lakers, the rich keep getting richer. After acquiring both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to their starting lineup this season, the Lakers had initially believed that Howard would be out for the beginning of the season following his back surgery in April. However, video of Howard working on post moves and this most recent report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski say otherwise:

Howard is determined to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30 at Staples Center, and his progress in recent weeks has strengthened the possibility, sources said.

Howard has privately indicated his back has returned to 85 percent strength, sources said. He had surgery for a herniated disc in April and still needs doctor’s clearance to engage in full training-camp activities with the Lakers. Los Angeles opens its training camp Tuesday.”

Howard is still a few steps away from regular-season action, as his workout regimen has not included full contact or scrimmages in the past couple of weeks. Still though, the possibility of sending out the fully-revamped Lakers lineup for opening night must be a salivating thought for Lakers fans.