Los Angeles Lakers may have found a starting center in a low price as they agreed with Thomas Bryant to a one-year deal, per Chris Haynes. Bryant returns to Los Angeles where he spent his rookie season with the Lakers.
He was drafted in the second round by the Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 24-year-old center tore his ACL in Jan. 2021. He was limited to 10 games in the 2020-2021 season and 27 games last season.
He averaged 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game in the 10 contests he played in 2020-2021 before going down. He averages 10.2 points, 5.7 points per game in his career and shoots 59 percent from the field.
The Lakers have also signed Damian Jones at center. Bryant could very well end up playing starter minutes. According to Haynes, Bryant will be given the opportunity to win the starting center position.
That means the Lakers won’t many additional moves for the center position. Bryant tore his ACL but return in the 2021-22 season playing in 27 games. He will have the time to work his way back to his prior-to-injury condition this summer after signing with LA.
Free agent Thomas Bryant has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal and will be given opportunity to win starting center position, league sources tell @YahooSports: https://t.co/J6Rg5ECNuf
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2022