The Los Angeles Lakers have likely lost big man DeMarcus Cousins for the entire 2019-20 NBA regular season, as the All-Star center suffered a torn ACL injury while working out in Las Vegas earlier this week.
Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this summer, is already coming off another major injury in a torn Achilles. He was expected to be the team's starting center alongside his former Pelicans teammate in Anthony Davis.
The Lakers reportedly have a potential replacement in mind for Cousins already.
The Athletic's Shams Charania is reporting that Dwight Howard is a legitimate possibility for the Lakers moving forward.
"The Lakers are expected to request permission soon to speak to Dwight Howard and there's mutual interest between the eight-time All-Star and L.A. in wake of DeMarcus Cousins' torn ACL, league sources tell The Athletic," he reports.
"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."
Howard was traded from Washington to Memphis this summer after a disappointing, injury-riddled season with the Wizards.
The 33-year-old big man spent one season with the Lakers in 2012-13 and it did not go very well. Perhaps that will change now that LeBron James is leading things.
Stay tuned for more updates on Dwight and the Lakers.