LeBron James’ Lakers are rumored to be in the market for a superstar — potentially Kyrie Irving — but the Los Angeles team on Tuesday night made a smaller move in signing former Wizards center Thomas Bryant.
Bryant, who spent the last four seasons in the District, and the Lakers agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. The 6-foot-10 big man entering his age-25 season was the Wizards’ starting center for two seasons before a torn ACL ended his 2020-21 season and impacted his 2021-22 campaign.
In his first 128 games with Washington, including 99 starts, Bryant averaged 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. But last season Bryant was mostly a bench piece, playing just 16.3 minutes in 27 contests (nine starts) and averaging 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.
He could be a fit with the Lakers as a versatile big who can both play down low and be a threat in the corner as a career 35% 3-point shooter.
Bryant not returning to D.C. isn’t a surprise after the team traded for Kristaps Porzingis at the trade deadline last season. Porzingis and Daniel Gafford, a defensive presence down low, are expected to lead the way at center for Washington this season.
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