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Brian Windhorst thinks Lakers would be ‘insane’ to sign Dwight Howard

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ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst thinks the Los Angeles Lakers would be “insane” to sign Dwight Howard.

The Lakers are looking for a center after losing DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. JaVale McGee is the only center on the roster at the moment.

Windhorst, who has covered LeBron James’ teams for years, says the Lakers should stay away from Howard and Joakim Noah and pursue a young big man instead.

“I think the Lakers would be insane to bring in Dwight Howard,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s The Jump. “Let’s just put aside the fact that he’s repeatedly had issues within the locker room and with his last few teams…the Lakers need a live body. They can’t have a Dwight Howard whose constantly on the verge of injury.”

Howard, 33, 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 microdiscectomy in November. It was the second back surgery the former superstar has had in his career.

Howard, of course, 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. The future Hall of Famer is currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, though he is expected to be waived.