Report: Lakers “expected to have” interest in signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas

The Los Angeles Lakers have a full roster and seem pleased with how the season has gone thus far. However, that’s not keeping them from having an eye on potential additions.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Lakers are among several teams that could look to sign forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas was recently waived by the New York Knicks as they made room for Joakim Noah who is returning from a suspension.

The small forward is 28 years old but has only spent the last two years in the NBA, both with the Knicks. In his rookie season last year, he averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in about 15 minutes per game, showing some promise as a shooter. He has played a total of two minutes for the Knicks this year.

Kuzminskas only shot 32 percent from behind the arc last year but on a Lakers team that desperately needs ball-handlers and shooters, he could have a role as a rotation player.

The Lakers currently do not have any empty roster spots. They could elect to waive someone like Andrew Bogut who has received minimal playing time as Julius Randle has taken up the backup center role.

It’s uncertain whether the Lakers think highly enough of Kuzminskas to eat the contract of a lesser player in order to sign him. The Bulls and Hawks could likely offer more playing time for the former Knick.

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