Lakers set workouts for Noah, Howard

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2019

One of those centers is Dwight Howard, who only played for one season in Charlotte. Yes, he has been deemed a complainer, immature, among many other things, but a second chance to play with the Lakers and make an impact could be an enticing opportunity for the 6-foot-11 center.

Dwight Howard has been given permission by the Memphis Grizzlies to talk with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are seeking a center after a knee injury to DeMarcus Cousins, according to reports.

For Noah, he actually enjoyed a bit of a resurgent year last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Howard still has $5.6 million left in the past year of his contract, which could be useful as a trade asset, or he could work out a contract buyout with the franchise - expected to find a resolution sooner than later.

Obviously there are a lot of hard feelings between Howard and Lakers fans. But now, barring a miracle trade, there won't be much choice. Pitched as the franchise's next great center, Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds during his lone season in LA, but buckled under the pressure of playing with Kobe Bryant.

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Losing Cousins was a enormous blow to the Lakers because he is a versatile big who can shoot the three and make an impact around the rim on both ends.

But this will be a tough move for the Lakers since the free agent market mostly dried up completely by the end of the month of July. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.

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

Noah played well for the Grizzlies in 42 games during the 2018-19 season. JaVale McGee scored a career-high 12 points per night last season for LA, also collecting 7.5 boards a night. He also won an National Basketball Association title with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.

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