Dwight Howard and Lakers could reunite after DeMarcus Cousins injury

Dwight Howard’s next step could be a reunion with one of his former teams — one with a desperate need for a center.

There’s “mutual interest” between Howard and the Lakers, according to The Athletic, which reports Los Angeles will request permission from the Grizzlies to speak with the 33-year-old. Sports Illustrated first reported the Lakers were interested in Howard.

The Lakers are in the market for a center after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL last week while working out in Las Vegas. Cousins, 29, inked a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers after playing for the Warriors last season once he recovered from a torn Achilles.

Howard spent one season with the Lakers in 2012-13 after being traded from the Magic, earning All-Star honors for the seventh straight season. He then signed with the Rockets and after an eighth straight All-Star campaign, his career has been on a downward spiral. He’s played for three teams in each of the last three seasons and last month was traded from Washington to Memphis, which has been expected to eventually cut the veteran center. Wizards GM Tommy Shepard said the Howard deal was “the quickest trade I’ve ever done in my life.”

The Athletic also mentioned former Knick Joakim Noah while reporting the Howard news.