Dwight Howard joined the NBA as the first overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Since then, he has played for several teams among which are the Los Angeles Lakers.
In wake of the Lakers losing DeMarcus Cousins to injury, they have looked into returning Howard to the team. It was recently reported that the Purple and Gold were given the ‘go-ahead’ to hold talks with the big man, who spent one season with the team back in 2012/13. The Athletic’s Shams Charania wrote that the Memphis Grizzlies have given the Lakers permission to speak with the big man, who landed via trade from the Washington Wizards this summer:
The Lakers are now lacking depth in the frontcourt now that they will have to go through the entire season without Cousins. Because of this, they are looking into making Howard the guy who will take the job at the Staples Center.
Recent reports shared that the Lakers and Howard had ‘mutual interest’ in a possible reunion, with Memphis set to waive Howard given the unlikeliness to find a trade partner for the 33-year-old. It will take a while to make a possible deal happen as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne cited a team source with the Lakers who called any talks with Howard “due diligence” as they’re still weighing their options for the frontcourt.
With Cousins out, the Lakers have only JaVale McGee at center. Anthony Davis could take the challenge to play at that position but he made it clear during his introductory press conference that playing the 5 is not the most desired scenario for him. That means that the team needs to bring in someone else.
Howard is technically a great player. He is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time All-NBA selection, eight-time All-Star, five-time All-Defensive selection, two-time block champion, and five-time rebounding champion. This should be good enough for the Lakers.