In nine games, Howard averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game.
ESPN, USA Today and sports website The Athletic say the Grizzlies have approved talks between the Lakers and Howard, who led the National Basketball Association in rebounds when he played for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season.
Speights has been playing in China with the Guangzhou Long-Lions since the summer of 2018.
If it's any consolation for the Purple and Gold faithful, they can also rest peacefully at night knowing that Speights is the potential favorite to be signed by Rob Pelinka and the Lakers.
But this will be a tough move for the Lakers since the free agent market mostly dried up completely by the end of the month of July.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Grizzlies are allowing Howard to explore opportunities elsewhere, and that the Grizzlies would be interesting in a buyout. His 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game averages were certainly not eye-popping, but they did seem to prove that the former Defensive Player of the Year still had some tank left in the gas after two dismal seasons with the New York Knicks. He has great length for a 7seven-footer and although he will likely start at center, having Howard as a backup could turn out to be valuable. He averaged 22 points per game in 29 games in the Chinese league. Although those statistics have taken a dip in the last couple of years, he is still a physical presence in the paint.
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All of the centers that the Lakers are considering are over 30, as Noah is 34, Howard is 33, Speights is 32 and Gortat is 35.
Even though he has been injured several times in the last few seasons, overall, he has been pretty durable throughout his career.
McGee is now the only healthy center on the Lakers' roster.
"Personal baggage aside, I would sign him". He could even earn the starting spot over McGee if he impressed enough.