Charania also mentioned Joakim Noah as a possibility.
With Cousins likely to miss the entire 2019-20 season, the Lakers currently have just JaVale McGee at center, though superstar Anthony Davis is also capable of playing the position.
Davis' preference is to play power forward, however.
"I like playing the 4," he said at his introductory press conference this summer. "I'm not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the 4. I don't really like playing the 5."
He did add that he would play center if head coach Frank Vogel needed, though general manager Rob Pelinka also noted that playing Davis at center wasn't ideal.
"We want a decade of dominance out of him here, right?" he said. "So we got to do what's best for his body, and having him bang against the biggest centers in the West every night is not what's best for his body or for our team and the franchise."
That makes finding another center to replace Cousins all the more important.
Howard, 33, appeared in just nine games for the Washington Wizards last season before having surgery to repair a gluteal injury, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in July.
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While Howard is no longer close to the player who was an eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, he could still offer the Lakers quality minutes at the 5. It would be another big personality to add to the locker room, though for a Lakers team seeking a title in LeBron James' later years, getting help at center trumps other concerns.
As for the 34-year-old Noah, he averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 42 appearances for the Grizzlies last season. Whereas Howard could feasibly start for the Lakers, Noah is clearly a bench player at this point in his career and best suited to limited minutes. His ability to rebound, defend and pass, however, makes him a viable depth option.
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