The Lakers should seriously consider adding Dwight Howard, according to multiple league executives.
Los Angeles is reportedly interested in the 33-year-old center after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL during a workout last week. League executives told USA Today's HoopsHype that inking Howard to a minimum deal is a low risk, high reward scenario.
"I think it's worth the risk for them," one anonymous executive said. "If it doesn't work out, they can cut bait."
Howard was sent from the Wizards to the Grizzlies in early July. Memphis is expected to waive Howard, which would make him a free agent, and the team has reportedly already given Los Angeles permission to speak with him.
Another executive told HoopsHype:
"Personal baggage aside, I would sign him. He's clearly the best player available if he's healthy. We've heard the same song from him for years (as far as changing). But for the minimum? Why not? If it doesn't work, they move on."
Howard was a star early in his career, however, he has struggled with injuries and reportedly clashed with teammates in recent seasons. He previously played for the Lakers in 2012-13 and said last month he was open to returning to Los Angeles.