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Lakers are interested in signing center Thomas Bryant

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After receiving deals from free agents Damian Jones, Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., and Juan Toscano-Anderson, the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t done yet.

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Except possible trade for a certain Brooklyn Nets star, they need more depth both at power forward and center.

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Jones is a solid player, as he can block shots, grab multiple rebounds, finish near the rim, and maybe even hit the perimeter occasionally.

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But we need another serviceable center, especially since the number of minutes Anthony Davis in this place needs to be limited.

The Lakers are reportedly interested in signing free agent Thomas Bryant.

Bryant, 24, effectively launched his NBA career with the Lakers when they traded him and Josh Hart, sending Tony Bradley, their 2017 first-round pick, to the Utah Jazz on 2017 draft day.

It was a smart move, as Bradley achieved next to nothing in five professional seasons.

However, after a very quiet rookie season, Los Angeles waived Bryant and he spent the last four years with the Washington Wizards, where he blossomed.

Since leaving the Lakers, he has averaged 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 21.6 minutes per game.

At 6ft 10in and weighing nearly 250lbs, Bryant has the right size for an NBA center and can hold his own when it comes to rebounding, defense and defense under the rim.

Not only is he good at hitting under the basket, but he can stretch the floor as well, as he is a decent shot from three-point shots.

Bryant is recovering from a partial ACL tear he suffered at the start of the 2020/21 season. He returned in January of this year and has played in 27 contests for Washington this season, and while he played fairly well, his 3-point shots took a hit.

If he remains the same player he was before the injury, Bryant will be a very strong player for the Purples and Golds.


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