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Joakim Noah & Dwight Howard Impressed At Workout With Lakers Yesterday

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Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers but he tore his ACL while working out in Las Vegas and it seems highly unlikely that he will suit up at all for the team this season because of the severity of his injury.

The team planned individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights and per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

“Lakers completed workouts and meetings with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah on Thursday and have Mo Speights at the team’s facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Both Howard and Noah left impressions that they could be helpful to the team.”

Joakim Noah averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks in 29.5 minutes over 572 games (465 starts) in nine seasons with the Bulls before signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks on July 8, 2016,

Noah failed to meet expectations in New York because of multiple injuries and a suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy and the Knicks waived him but he joined the Grizzlies last season and got his career back on track, averaging 7.1 points 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes over 42 games (one start).

The two-time NBA All-Star and former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, led the Grizzlies with a plus-3.5 Defensive Box Plus/Minus (DBPM) last season and he can play hard for the Lakers for 15-20 minutes off the bench, providing grit and grind.

The Wizards traded Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies for CJ Miles and Memphis is expected to buy him out. Howard played just nine games for the Wizards last season because of a persistent gluteal injury but produced when he was on the court, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.

While those numbers are way below his career averages of 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds, they are still respectable and the Lakers are thin on frontcourt depth.

His fit with the Lakers could be questionable because of their history with each other but in many ways it makes sense and If healthy and focused, Howard can contribute.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium previously reported that there’s mutual interest between Howard and the Lakers and Los Angeles requested permission to Memphis so they could speak to him and he could attend the workout.

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