Sources: Howard OK'd to talk with Lakers, others

Any chance the Lakers sign Howard? (1:12)

Mike Golic reacts to the Lakers receiving permission to speak to Dwight Howard and how likely it is for the team to bring him on board. (1:12)

The Memphis Grizzlies have granted Dwight Howard's representatives permission to speak with other teams that might be interested in the veteran center, league sources told ESPN.

One of those teams is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are exploring options at center after DeMarcus Cousins was lost with a torn ACL.

The Lakers' interest in Howard is more "due diligence" at this point, a team source said.

Howard played one season for the Lakers, in 2012, then spurned them for the Houston Rockets in free agency.