Lakers beginning workouts in search of Cousins replacement

Veteran center Dwight Howard appeared in just nine games with the Wizards last season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have set up a workout for veteran centers Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights as the team seeks a replacement for DeMarcus Cousins, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Cousins suffered a torn ACL while working out in Las Vegas last week and is expected to miss the entire season. He signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this summer.

As Wojnarowski noted, Howard is actually under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. But the team has given him the green light to explore other opportunities. Howard has an expiring deal worth $5.6 million. He isn’t expected to play for the Grizzlies, Wojnarowski reported.

Howard, 33, appeared in just nine games with the Washington Wizards last season. After a Hall of Fame-type start to his career, he has faded recently, playing the Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets in the previous four years alone.

He averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season.

Noah, 34, averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 42 games with the Grizzlies.

Speights last played in the NBA in the 2017-18 season, appearing in 52 games with the Orlando Magic.

The Lakers reportedly also have an interested in veteran center Marcin Gortat.

Former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet would also like to work out for the Lakers, a source told Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops.

“The Lakers have JaVale McGee¬†and will try to cobble together a center rotation that will include¬†Anthony Davis, although the organization would prefer that he play a majority of his minutes at power forward,” Wojnarowski reported.