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NBA Insider Has Update On Lakers' Interest In Dwight Howard

A closeup of Dwight Howard.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 26: Dwight Howard #21 of the Washington Wizards looks on from the bench during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers took another step toward a potential reunion with big man Dwight Howard, according to a new report.

The Memphis Grizzlies have granted the Lakers permission to speak with Howard, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Memphis acquired Howard from the Washington Wizards in a trade for C.J. Miles last month and are expected to release him at some point..

LA's reported interest in the 33-year-old eight-time All-Star was reported over the weekend following the injury to DeMarcus Cousins. The Lakers are looking for a veteran center to take some of the load off the newly-acquired Anthony Davis.

Howard started 76 games for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, averaging 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game.

He only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season due to injuries. In those nine appearances, Howard produced 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing.

Right now, it looks like things are trending toward Dwight wearing purple and gold in 2019-20. His presence will certainly add another layer of intrigue to an already fascinating Laker roster.