Lakers to talk to Dwight Howard

Report: Lakers to work out Howard, other centres

Report: Lakers Planning Workouts for Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Mo Speights

According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the team is planning to hold individual workouts to evaluate centers Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.

Howard was sent from the Wizards to the Grizzlies in early July.

Another center under consideration, per sources: Marcin Gortat, who is now overseas in Europe.

While Lakers newcomer Anthony Davis could shift from power forward to center, he's more likely to stay at forward to maximize his impact, leaving the Lakers in search of a veteran big man.

Howard still has $5.6 million left in the previous 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. Memphis has been expected to trade or waive the former All-Star before the season begins, while ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Sunday that the Lakers are not the only team interested in his services. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.

Meanwhile, Lakers fan favorite Dwight Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while being limited to just nine games due to a glute injury.

The Lakers will have a hard time competing if either Howard, Noah, Speights, or Gortat, is their go-to option. He previously played for the Lakers in 2012-13 and said last month he was open to returning to Los Angeles. Noah averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Gortat averaged 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Since last season was a very small sample size, going back another year when he was with the Hornets might be a better indication that Howard still can play.

As for Speights, the last time he played in the NBA was when he was a member of the Orlando Magic in the 2017-18 season, Last season, he spent his time playing with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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