Report: Lakers “keeping tabs” on Mindaugas Kuzminskas, have met with former Knicks forward

The Los Angeles Lakers are still interested in potentially signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. The team has seemingly expressed their interest by meeting with the former Knick.

The Lakers were originally reported to have interest in the forward after he was waived by the New York Knicks to make space for Joakim Noah as the center returned from his suspension.

Kuzminskas, a 28-year-old sophomore who previously played in Europe, only played one game with the Knicks this season. Last year, he averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

According to Youngmisuk, Kuzminskas is of interest to the Lakers because of his potential as a shooter. Hitting only 32.1 percent of his attempts from deep last season, Kuzminskas is not exactly a prolific three-point shooter. However, on a Lakers team lacking any able shooters, Kuzminskas could still be an improvement to the struggling offense.

The Lakers have been making do with Corey Brewer, Josh Hart, and Jordan Clarkson as heir backup wing options. Clarkson though plays most of his minutes as the backup point guard while Brewer and Hart are only receiving spot minutes. The Lakers clearly have a need for a backup wing and Kuzminskas could fit the mold of what they need.

It’s not clear who would be the odd man out if the Lakers do sign Kuzminskas as the team currently holds a full roster. Andrew Bogut and Corey Brewer would likely be the main options to be waived as they have expiring deals unless a trade clears a roster spot.

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