Dwight Howard-Lakers union not viewed as a ‘very likely marriage’
The rumor mill has been running rampant of late regarding the possibility that Dwight Howard could join the Los Angeles Lakers. While the chatter has not yet diminished surrounding the onetime superstar player potentially getting brought in to fill a void on the Lakers’ roster, speculation has begun that suggests things are not likely to work out on that front.
ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst recently expressed skepticism that the Lakers will ultimately decide on bringing Howard aboard. The Lakers’ need at center arose when DeMarcus Cousin suffered a torn ACL last week and was lost for the season.
Instead, Windhorst contends, the Lakers are more likely to pursue a “younger, more active player” than Howard, not to mention free agent Joakim Noah, among others.
“I don’t think it’s a very likely marriage. I think the Lakers right now are doing their due diligence on players, on available centers,” Windhorst said during an appearance on “SportsCenter” on Monday. “… There’s a process because Dwight Howard is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, he can’t have free-agent discussions with other teams.”
Amid the rumors surrounding a possible Howard-Lakers pairing, there have been questions about the perceived fit — or more accurately, the lack thereof — of the veteran on the team’s roster.
There has been word, however, that Howard is open to any role should the opportunity to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers come to fruition.
Shams Charania recently reported that Howard is willing to do “whatever it takes for him to be a part of a championship contender and essentially capping off his career with a title.”
Still, it sounds like despite purported mutual interest, Howard getting a second stint with the Lakers may not be in the cards. However, a report from Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday indicates the team will hold individual workouts for not only Howard but a handful of other veterans, so how things play out remains to be seen.