REPORT: Grizzlies give Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard
The Memphis Grizzlies have given the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with eight-time All-Star big man Dwight Howard, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 18, 2019
The Lakers are looking to sign another center after DeMarcus Cousins suffered an ACL injury. Howard, who played for the Purple and Gold back in the 2012-13 season, could make his return to LA to team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Dwight is reportedly excited about the prospect of playing with the two All-Stars. Although there’s still no guarantee that the Grizzlies will let Howard walk for nothing, this is already a step in the right direction for the Lakers.
LA will probably gauge Howard’s interest, as well as his health, especially considering the fact that he only played nine games last season.
Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Washington Wizards in 2018-19. Unfortunately, he had to be shut down for the rest of the season as he underwent surgery for his glute injury.
The Wizards traded Dwight to the Grizzlies last month, and the general belief around the league is that they will waive the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
If Howard is indeed healthy and ends up signing with the Lakers, he could help them in rebounding and defense. With Boogie’s potential season-ending injury, pursuing Dwight is obviously a wise move for LA.
The Lakers are expected to compete for the championship this 2019-20 season, and a healthy and motivated Dwight Howard will surely make them a better team.