The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering two big-name veterans at center in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins’ likely season-ending injury.
Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles this summer, suffered a torn ACL injury during a workout in Las Vegas earlier this week.
The Lakers now have a hole at center, with Anthony Davis preferring to play the four position most of the time.
Dwight Howard has emerged as a potential option for Los Angeles (no, seriously), but he’s not the only notable name on the market.
Joakim Noah is also reportedly being considered.
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
Some believe Noah would be the better option.
If I’m the Lakers… I’d prefer to take a flyer on Noah over Dwight. Joakim is a guy who knows how to be a complimentary player.
— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) August 18, 2019
Most Lakers fans would likely agree with that.
Howard, though, has major fans in the Lakers’ front office, including owner Jeanie Buss.
“Dwight may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne noted.
As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 18, 2019
The Lakers were reportedly granted permission to speak with Howard this evening. The big man was traded from Washington to Memphis this summer.