Lakers taking time to replace Cousins


Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts to a call during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins likely will miss the 2019-20 season with a torn ACL, leaving the Lakers with a big hole to fill alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

But ESPN reported Los Angeles is kicking the tires on several veteran centers, including Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights.

Howard, under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, has permission to communicate with the Lakers.

ESPN reported the Lakers will hold individual workouts and interviews with each player and also consider Marcin Gortat. Gortat, 35, last played for the Clippers and is planning to play internationally this season.

Howard, who turns 34 in December and would be set for a second tour with the Lakers, is a candidate for a buyout with the Grizzlies, per Adrian Wojnarowski. He added that the “Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.”

Noah, 34, played for Memphis last season but has not sparked interest in free agency.

Speights, 32, played 10 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Orlando Magic in 2017-18. He played in China last season with the Guangzhou Long-Lions.

—Field Level Media

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