Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NBA Reports: Lakers eyeing Dwight Howard after DeMarcus Cousins’ injury

NBA Reports: Lakers eyeing Dwight Howard after DeMarcus Cousins’ injury

Joining the Lakers on a $3.5 million pact reunited Cousins with former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis.

Cousins' injury leaves the Lakers with just JaVale McGee to provide cover at the center, which has forced the franchise to look at options in free agency.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Sunday morning that there is "mutual interest" between Howard and the Lakers.

Howard has gone on record saying that he would enjoy playing in Los Angeles and that as an older player, he has a different perspective on things than he did his first time around on the Lakers.

"The Lakers have been patient in approach since Cousins' injury, and another accomplished veteran center on the market is Joakim Noah".

While the Lakers tried to re-sign Howard, putting up billboards around town pleading with him to "Stay", Howard ended up turning down the team's five-year, $118-million offer.

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Lakers have received permission from the Grizzlies to speak with Dwight Howard, who is now on the Grizzlies but is unlikely to start the season with them.

"I would tell [Anthony Davis] to just enjoy the moment and enjoy this season", Howard told The Times.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dwight and the Lakers. You're not going to win a championship every year, but they're back and will compete for a championship next season.

"I don't know what's going to happen, but I do love L.A.", Howard said.

Kenneth Faried is also available and while a bit undersized for the five, plays with a ferocious tenacity and rebounds the ball well. He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2019-20 season.

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