Report: Lakers reached out to free agent center Amir Johnson

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers
November 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Amir Johnson (5) guard T.J. McConnell (12) and guard Ben Simmons (25) defend Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to free agent center Amir Johnson to express interest in signing him according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

Johnson is also expected to receive interest from the LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Last season, Johnson played in 74 games with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 30-year-old averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. Johnson is mostly known for his defense and rebounding prowess.

Johnson is expected to receive a veteran minimum contract at his new location.

The Lakers were unable to sign Paul George as the Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed the star forward. The team has now focused on LeBron James who is reportedly nearing a decision to sign in Los Angeles. If James does join the Lakers, the team will likely fill out their needs with veterans, depending on other additional roster moves.

The Lakers are also expressing interest in star center DeMarcus Cousins while talks with the San Antonio Spurs about trading for Kawhi Leonard have reportedly stalled.

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