Following the torn ACL DeMarcus Cousins suffered this week, everybody around the league is wondering what the Los Angeles Lakers are going to do to solve this situation. Now the answer appears to be a reunion for the Purple and Gold.
The Lakers are reportedly seriously considering landing former big man Dwight Howard to replace Cousins, according to Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated.
A name I’m hearing the Lakers are seriously interested in after the Boogie Cousins injury: Dwight Howard.
The Grizzlies haven’t bought him out yet, but he’s not expected to play in Memphis this season. Javale McGee is the only other center on LA’s roster.
— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) August 17, 2019
“A name I’m hearing the Lakers are seriously interested in after the Boogie Cousins injury: Dwight Howard.
“The Grizzlies haven’t bought him out yet, but he’s not expected to play in Memphis this season. Javale McGee is the only other center on LA’s roster,” Nadkarni said.
Dwight Howard is well remembered for that season he spent with the Purple and Gold in 2012/13, which turned out to be a complete nightmare for him and the organization. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular-season games while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.
The Lakers ended up winning 45 games with a team expected to take it all with Howard, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash forming a superteam. In the end, they got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, ending Howard’s tenure in Los Angeles and sending the center to the Houston Rockets.
What Nadkarni said only gives hope to the Californians. The future Hall of Famer is part of the Memphis Grizzlies after being traded by the Washington Wizards, but he’s not expected to play a single game with the Grizzlies. They won’t be able to find a trade partner for Howard, so their only option is to waive him, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Howard recently stated his excitement for the basketball scene in Southern California next season, claiming that he loves ‘Staples Center is going to be rocking.’ It looks like he’s going to live the battle of Los Angeles as part of the Lakers.