Reports: Lakers to talk to Dwight Howard

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 19, 2019 07:48 AM
Reports: Lakers to talk to Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard NBA file photo

Could an LA reunion be in the works for Dwight Howard and the Lakers?

The team is in need of a center following the ACL injury suffered by offseason addition DeMarcus Cousins, and per media reports, the team is interested in current Memphis Grizzly Dwight Howard.

Howard was traded to the Grizzlies from the Washington Wizards back in July for CJ Miles, but does not figure into the rebuilding team's plans.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers were granted permission by the Grizzlies to talk to Howard. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports though that the move is "more 'due diligence'", though he still has a good relationship with team owner Jeanie Buss.

Howard played one season with the Lakers from 2012-13, averaging 17.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. He was hampered by issues with his shoulder and back though, as well as conditioning issues, and then opted to sign a free agent contract with the Houston Rockets in the summer of 2013.

Charania added though that the Lakers are also interested in Joakim Noah, who played for the Grizzlies last season.

Howard played nine games for the Washington Wizards last season, with averages of 12.9 points and 9.2 rebounds, as he dealt with pain in his glutes and a hamstring issue.

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