The Los Angeles Lakers are searching for frontcourt help in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins suffering a torn ACL, and they are planning to take a closer look at some big-name veterans.
The Lakers have scheduled individual workouts this week with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. They will also bring in Mo Speights and are gathering information on Marcin Gortat.
Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 20, 2019
Howard is still under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but they have given the Lakers permission to speak with him and are open to a buyout agreement. Howard, who turns 34 in December and only appeared in nine games last season because of a glute injury, would likely be open to returning to Los Angeles despite his negative history with the team.
Noah played in 42 games for the Grizzlies last year, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.