It’s been a long and eventful summer for the Los Angeles Lakers as they round out their roster. But one name that was presumably on their roster seems to be going elsewhere.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Brook Lopez has signed a one-year deal at the bi-annual exception with the Milwaukee Bucks, taking his talents back to the Eastern Conference after one year with the Lakers.
Lopez ultimately played only one season with the Lakers after arriving in an offseason trade for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. The center had a rocky season but was ultimately productive for the purple and gold, finishing out the year averaging 13 points and four rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. He played in only 23.4 minutes per game across 74 contests.
The Lakers have now lost their starting frontcourt that finished out the previous season with Julius Randle having signed with the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this week.
The team now has a big hole at the starting center position. The Lakers signed Warriors center JaVale McGee to a minimum deal but he is not expected to be a starting caliber center. They opted not to sign DeMarcus Cousins due to his ongoing recovery from an Achilles tear.
The Lakers do have rookie Moritz Wagner and third-year center Ivica Zubac as potential depth pieces in the frontcourt.