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Lakers Will Host Individual Workouts To Find DeMarcus Cousins' Replacement

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ESPN’s Kevin Pelton explained the severity of Cousins’ injury: “In the past five years, no player has come back from an ACL tear in shorter than 11 months. The past two players to suffer ACL injuries in August (Dante Exum in 2015 and Brandon Knight in 2017) didn’t return until training camp the following year.”

There is no timeline yet and it seems highly unlikely that DeMarcus Cousins will suit up at all for the Lakers this season.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, “the Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.”

Per Wojnarowski, another player that the Lakers will consider is Marcin Gortat. He also said that the team wants “a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.”

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

Those numbers are way below his career averages of 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds but they are still respectable stats and the Lakers are thin on frontcourt depth. If healthy, Howard can contribute.

It might seem unlikely because of their history with each other but a potential reunion of Howard and the Lakers kind of makes sense and the team requested permission to the Grizzlies to speak to him. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium recently reported that there’s mutual interest between Howard and the Lakers.

Joakim Noah spent nine seasons with the Bulls and two with the Knicks before joining the Grizzlies last season, averaging 7.1 points 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.5 minutes over 42 games (one start) last season. Marreese Speights played with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association last season and while Marcin Gortat was waived by the Clippers in February, he averaged 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Wizards in the 2016-17 season.

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