According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Lakers have reached an agreement on a free agent signing of Warriors center JaVale McGee. Terms of the deal have not been reported but it is likely that it will be for the veteran minimum.
Free agent center JaVale McGee and Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement on a deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2018
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While the Los Angeles Lakers wait on a decision made by LeBron James, they are putting themselves in the conversation for a few veteran free agents.
According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the Lakers are among a few teams interested in signing Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee.
Warriors, Lakers, Pelicans and Thunder currently in the mix for @JaValeMcGee, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2018
McGee has spent the last two seasons in Golden State, bookending both years with a championship. Last year, the center averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in 65 contests.
The Lakers have also reached out to Philadelphia 76ers backup center Amir Johnson. LAL have seemingly focused on their frontcourt with DeMarcus Cousins emerging as their backup option after Paul George opted to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Lakers have two free agents of their own in the front court. Julius Randle is a restricted free agent whose market may be dwindling due to the lack of cap space across the league. There has been very little reports about Randle or Brook Lopez, who has indicated he may be willing to return to the Lakers at a discount.
Much of the Lakers next few decisions will be dependent on what LeBron James chooses to do. But the team is busy getting into meetings with free agents that they could put around him.