Memphis Grizzlies center Dwight Howard is unlikely to play a single game for the franchise, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Woj reported earlier Tuesday that Howard, Joakim Noah, and Marreese Speights will be worked out by the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard is the only one of the three that is under contract, but the Grizzlies have no intention of bringing him into the regular season and have given him permission to explore other opportunities.
Howard still has $5.6 million left in the last year of his contract, which could be useful as a trade asset, or he could work out a contract buyout with the franchise — expected to find a resolution sooner than later.
If a buyout is agreed upon, Howard would make $2.6 million under the veteran’s minimum with the Lakers.