Dwight Howard's first game with the Lakers could be this weekend.
It's only an exhibition game, and it's not yet set in stone, but the big off-season acquisition will "possibly" make his debut with his new team Sunday against the Sacramento Kings, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Howard's back is not the issue. He had surgery last April to repair a herniated disk and is reporting no pain from it.
The greater unknown is his conditioning. He has steadily increased his workload in Lakers practices and was cleared last week to play in five-on-five scrimmages, but he will not play Sunday at Staples Center if there is even a slight question about his game shape.