It looks like Dwight Howard is a step closer to making his return to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, as the Purple and Gold were given the ‘go-ahead’ to hold talks with the big man, who spent one season with the team back in 2012/13.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Memphis Grizzlies have given the Lakers permission to speak with the big man, who landed via trade from the Washington Wizards this summer.
The Lakers have been patient in approach since Cousins’ injury, and another accomplished veteran center on the market is Joakim Noah. Howard is expected to be eventually released by Memphis. https://t.co/mvLx2jsS8Q
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 18, 2019
Following DeMarcus Cousins’ torn ACL, Los Angeles needs to add depth to their frontcourt, and reports suggest that Howard is the guy who will take the job at the Staples Center.
It was reported that the Lakers and Howard had ‘mutual interest’ in a possible reunion, with Memphis set to waive Howard given the unlikeliness to find a trade partner for the 33-year-old.
Yet, any deal is far from being completed right now, as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne cited a team source with the Lakers who called any talks with Howard “due diligence” as they’re still weighing their options for the frontcourt.
So I don’t think this decision would be about bridges burned. More like whether the Lakers feel Dwight Howard would be their best option after the loss of Boogie. Still very early in that decision making process.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 18, 2019
With Cousins sidelined, the only center on the roster is JaVale McGee. Albeit one could say Anthony Davis can play that position, he made it clear during his introductory press conference that playing the 5 is not the most desired scenario for him.
Howard is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time All-NBA selection, eight-time All-Star, five-time All-Defensive selection, two-time block champion, and five-time rebounding champion. Nevertheless, he’s past his prime, so that explosiveness he was thought to bring during his first stint with the team is gone now.
Still, he might want to come back to the franchise and finally have a good tenure in L.A. after living a complete nightmare during his only year with the Purple and Gold.