Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lakers set workouts for Noah, Howard

Lakers set workouts for Noah, Howard

The Los Angeles Lakers suddenly have a depth problem in their frontcourt after losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a torn ACL.

Two other centers the Lakers are reportedly looking into include another former Warriors big man Mo Speights and a former Wizards big Marcin Gortat. One of those centers is Dwight Howard, who only played for one season in Charlotte. He averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes per contest.

If you're wondering how all four players fared last season, Speights was actually the most productive - albeit while playing in China.

After a strong start to his career, Howard has fizzled in recent seasons due to injuries as well as rumored feuds with his teammates.

As for Howard's a year ago, he spent most of his lone season with the Washington Wizards recovering from a serious of lower back and gluteal injuries that limited him to just eight games of action after averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds in 81 of 82 games the previous season for the Charlotte Hornets.

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But with all that being said, the Clippers could still benefit from adding a more traditional center to the roster - one like Joakim Noah.

Nonetheless, Howard did average 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in limited action for the Wizards this past year.

ESPN, USA Today and sports website The Athletic say the Grizzlies have approved talks between the Lakers and Howard, who led the National Basketball Association in rebounds when he played for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. Expect the Lakers to decide on who they will sign by the end of the week.

It'd be interesting to see Howard and the Lakers have a reunion, but the latest report makes that seem unrealistic. He averaged 22 points per game in 29 games in the Chinese league. However, if he is healthy, he would be an excellent backup for the Lakers, and might even be able to give JaVale McGee a run for his money as a starter.

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