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ESPN insider Brian Windhorst believes Dwight Howard to the Lakers is not likely to happen

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ESPN insider Brian Windhorst believes Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is not likely to happen.

The Lakers are reportedly interested in Howard and Joakim Noah, as they need another center after losing DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear.

Windhorst thinks the Lakers are doing their proper due diligence, but says Howard coming back to the Purple and Gold is probably not going to happen.

“I don’t think it’s a very likely marriage,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “I think the Lakers right now are doing their due diligence on players, on available centers. Joakim Noah’s another guy they’ve looked at.

“Dwight Howard has been on four different teams in the last four years. The Lakers are in need of somebody who can be healthy and give them minutes and that doesn’t fit who Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah are at this point of their careers.

“But I understand why the Lakers have those names on the list. I think this is unlikely. I believe the Lakers coaches want a younger, more active player at this point in their careers.”

Howard played one season with the Lakers back in 2012-13. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular season games while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. Los Angeles made the playoffs, but got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Howard was ejected in Game 4 at Staples Center, his last game as a Laker.

Howard dealt with back and shoulder issues during his time in LA. The eight-time All-Star had back surgery in April of 2012 when he was still a member of the Orlando Magic.

Now 33, Howard only played in nine games last season with the Washington Wizards. He put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. Howard underwent a lumbar microdiscotemy in November.