Marreese Speights will work out for Lakers on Friday
DeMarcus Cousins of the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a tragic torn ACL after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, which threw a wrench into the team’s frontcourt rotation. According to a Tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers were looking at Marreese Speights, Joakim Noah or, most notably, Dwight Howard to replace Boogie. The latter’s inclusion, of course, led to multiple remembrances of Dwight’s ill-fated Lakers tenure.
However, per Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Speights will get the first workout with the team.
Marreese Speights will work out for the Lakers on Friday, according to sources. Frank Vogel and Ryan West (who's no longer with the Lakers) attended Speights' free-agent workout in Las Vegas last month. L.A. is also expected to work out Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah, as Woj said.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 22, 2019
Cousins has been injury-prone over the past few seasons and has suffered multiple injuries on the same leg, including the ACL, over the course of the past few months. While Cousins’s injury history is indeed tragic, the Lakers must sadly soldier on, and have already begun looking for replacements for the injured Boogie – who will be out indefinitely following his most recent injury.
And as you can see, Speights will work out on Friday with plans to bring in Howard and Noah at later dates.
Speights last played in the NBA in 2017-18 as a member of the Orlando Magic. Though he only played 675 minutes and 13 minutes per game per Basketball Reference, he still shot 36.9 percent from downtown on a career-high 66.8 percent three-point attempt rate. Speights is most known for his three-season tenure with the Golden State Warriors, in which he won a championship in 2015.
Alongside LeBron James, shooting three-pointers and picking up opportunistic blocks will likely be all Speights is asked to do, which might make him the best fit of any of those three centers the Lakers are considering.
Either way, it’s about time for a Mo’ Buckets resurgence in the NBA.