Lakers, Howard interested in
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[August 19, 2019]
The Los Angeles Lakers might
turn to one of their former players to fill the hole left by the
potentially season-ending injury to center DeMarcus Cousins.
Center Dwight Howard, who spent one season with the Lakers in
2012-13, is expected to have his contract bought out by the Memphis
Grizzlies and has a mutual interest in returning to L.A., according
to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds for the Lakers that
season, but they finished 45-37 and were swept by the San Antonio
Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
Heading into his 16th season, Howard, 33, is coming off a shortened
season in which he only played nine games for the Washington Wizards
due to back surgery and injuries. But he missed just 20 games over
the three previous seasons and holds career averages of 17.4 points,
12.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout in Las
Vegas, meaning the four-time All-Star's entire 2019-20 season is in
jeopardy, considering his recent injury history and the typical
nine-month recovery window.
Cousins, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in free agency
after a season with the Golden State Warriors. He missed the first
half of the 2018-19 season as he recovered from a torn Achilles.
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Wizards center Dwight Howard (21) stands on the court during a time
out in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Capital One
Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
In nine NBA seasons, Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9
rebounds per game. Joining the Lakers on a $3.5 million pact
reunited Cousins with former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony
The Lakers reportedly also are interested in free-agent veteran
Joakim Noah as they look to avoid playing Davis at center.
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