Jalen Rose thinks the Lakers should sign Joakim Noah instead of Dwight Howard
Former NBA player and current ESPN sports analyst Jalen Rose thinks the Los Angeles Lakers should consider signing Joakim Noah instead of Dwight Howard.
The Lakers are currently in need of a center to fill the void left by the injured DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout in Las Vegas, forcing the Purple and Gold to find a replacement.
Rob Pelinka, Frank Vogel and Co. are reportedly planning to work out three centers, Noah, Howard and Marreese Speights. Former Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers big man Marcin Gortat could also be given a shot at the roster spot.
While Howard has been the subject of rumors on a potential deal with the Lakers, Rose believes the three-time Defensive Player of the Year isn’t the right fit. He argued that Noah is more suitable after seeing him produce for Memphis in the 2018-19 season.
To be fair, Noah played in 42 games for the Grizzlies and produced solid numbers despite his limited playing time. In 16.5 minutes per game last season, he averaged 7.1 point, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting at an efficient 51.6 percent from the field.
On the other hand, Howard played in only nine games, though he put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds during his brief and injury-riddled stint with the Wizards.
The Lakers have a difficult decision to make. While they will certainly look at talent, they also need someone who will not only fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis but will also be willing to take a reduced or limited role.