Report: Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, Marreese Speights to work out for Lakers, who will consider Marcin Gortat
The Los Angeles Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
The Lakers are exhausting every possibility to replace DeMarcus Cousins after he suffered a torn ACL during a rec league run last week. JaVale McGee remains the only true center on the roster, and after reports that the Lakers have no intention to make newcomer Anthony Davis split time at the position, the franchise has started its chase for a potential replacement.
Cousins is very unlikely to return this upcoming season after suffering three major injuries in the span of 19 months: a torn Achilles, a torn quad, and a torn ACL. This trifecta of injuries likely spell a long recovery and rehabilitation process for the big man, who was bound for a max contract, but has fallen well shy of his awaited payday in light of this misfortune.
Howard is currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, though reports indicate the team will likely eventually release him. The 6-foot-11 center played only nine games for the Washington Wizards last season before being traded this summer after being plagued with injuries.
Noah shined last season with the Grizzlies, but has been unable to find a job this summer. Speights played in China last season and is available as a free agent, while Gortat is on his native Poland after being waived by the LA Clippers before the All-Star break.