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ESPN Insider Has Latest On Dwight Howard, Lakers

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)

Over the weekend, NBA insider Shams Charania reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were granted permission to speak with Dwight Howard.

With DeMarcus Cousins most likely out for the season due to a torn ACL, the Lakers need to add depth at center. The only true option they have at that position is JaVale McGee.

It'd be interesting to see Howard and the Lakers have a reunion, but the latest report makes that seem unrealistic.

According to ESPN insider Brian Windhorst, the Lakers are "unlikely" to sign Howard because the coaching staff wants a younger option at center.

Howard will be 34 years old in December, and it's no secret that his production has been on a steady decline.

Nonetheless, Howard did average 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in limited action for the Wizards this past year.

Los Angeles has high expectations for this season, especially after acquiring Anthony Davis.

The front office was hopeful that Cousins would revitalize his career with the Lakers. Unfortunately, injuries continue to plague the All-Star center.

Watching Howard play for a contender like the Lakers would be intriguing, but Windhorst's latest update does seem to hint that it won't happen.

Another center that Los Angeles has expressed interest in is Joakim Noah. Perhaps, he'll be the more ideal option for the team.