Rumor: Lakers looking at Joakim Noah
The Los Angeles Lakers are in an arduous pursuit of a replacement center after losing would-be starter DeMarcus Cousins to a torn ACL last week, now looking into acquiring Dwight Howard, and now most-recently, Joakim Noah, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
Noah had an enticing end of the season with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19 and is still looking for a job and in the right situation. This could be it for Noah, who will have to put his past tiffs with LeBron James behind him to make this one work.
Much like Howard, the former Defensive Player of the Year has had his share of injuries through the years, which is enough cause for concern in an already thin center position that had JaVale McGee as the potential starter as it all sits.
The Hell’s Kitchen native average 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in a limited 16.5 minutes in 42 games for the Grizzlies — enticing numbers as they are the best all-around numbers he’s put up since his 2014-15 season with the Chicago Bulls.
If healthy, Noah should prove a solid rebounder with decent contributions occasionally scoring the ball, but the real luxury starts with his passing. The 34-year-old veteran doesn’t seem to have lost his gift for finding the open man, something that could prove key with a perimeter-oriented team and two stars in James and frontcourt partner Anthony Davis.
Both Howard and Noah would likely be reclamation projects heading into this season, as this would be both players’ best case scenario in hopes for playing time with an NBA team.