With the information that JaVale McGee goes to stay round for an additional 12 months, the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have an enormous want at heart. That’s not going to cease them from attempting to improve the place. McGee and Dwight Howard did wonderful jobs final season however there might be some extra upside in the marketplace.
In line with Sports activities Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Lakers sound very occupied with Cleveland Cavaliers free agent Tristan Thompson:
The Lakers would like to land Tristan Thompson, an ex-LeBron James teammate in Cleveland who would shore up the entrance line.
LeBron James turned some heads when he tweeted about spending time with Thompson. His opinion holds loads of weight inside the group so if he needs Thompson, the Lakers will most likely make an effort to get him. He wouldn’t be an costly choice and will function Anthony Davis‘ backup. He might additionally play heart in smaller lineups for the Lakers.
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Would Signing Thompson Be a Good Transfer?
Thompson isn’t a game-breaker. He solely averages 9.four factors a recreation over his profession and doesn’t shoot 3s. That stated, he’s a giant, athletic physique who can pull in loads of rebounds. He’d most likely be a very good match within the locker room as a consequence of his relationship with LeBron.
Dwight Howard is a free agent and it stays to be seen what the Lakers may need to do with him. He was stable for the staff final season however he’s most likely not going to get as a lot cash as he most likely needs. Thompson might find yourself changing Howard and shouldn’t value more cash. Thompson has expertise coming off the bench and whereas he’s made some dangerous headlines prior to now, he shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a threat to trigger complications for the staff.
Raptors Additionally Taken with Thompson
Nevertheless, the Lakers aren’t the one staff displaying curiosity in Thompson. The Toronto Raptors might make a run on the massive man, based on Mannix:
The Raptors, who might lose each Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, are anticipated to pursue the Toronto-born massive man. With Andre Drummond opting into the ultimate 12 months of his contract, Thompson’s time with the Cavs might be over.
Thompson is from Canada so he might be occupied with transferring nearer to residence. That stated, they’ll be enjoying in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida this season so the near residence issue won’t be very robust this season. Plus, Thompson has a baby with Khloe Kardashian. Guess the place she lives? Los Angeles. The attract of residing nearer to his daughter might be so much stronger than transferring nearer to the place he’s from.
Coming and enjoying for the Lakers makes loads of sense. They won’t essentially want a participant like him that a lot if the plan is to retain Howard however there shouldn’t be any motive he wouldn’t need to go to the staff.
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