Another NBA free agent, Marcin Gortat, could also come in for a look, Wojnarowski adds. The Lakers want to evaluate the physical condition and mindset of each player as they seek to replace DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins suffered a torn ACL this month after he signed a one-year contract with the Lakers. Cousins could miss the entire season.
The Grizzlies had already granted the Lakers permission to meet with Howard. Memphis acquired him from the Wizards this offseason but he’s not part of their plans. The Grizzlies could make a trade or reach a buyout on his $5.6MM contract if the Lakers want him.
Noah averaged 7.1 PPG and 5.7 RPG in 41 games for Memphis last season after his woeful stint with the Knicks. He hasn’t drawn much attention on the free agent market, though he reportedly was being very selective about his next NBA destination.
Speights, who played in China last season, worked out in front of numerous NBA executives last month in Las Vegas.
Gortat was waived by the Clippers at the trade deadline last season and didn’t get picked up.
The Lakers currently have 14 players with guaranteed deals.