The Lakers are back at it again. This time in the form of a current NBA Champion. The free agent frenzy continues with the Lakers reportedly agreeing to a deal with Juan Toscano-Anderson, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent forward Juan Tuscano-Anderson — member of Golden State Warriors championship team — has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Erika Ruiz of @KlutchSports tells @YahooSports. https://t.co/0eNzwHyMng
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 2022
The Lakers finally get their coveted wing player that they were severely lacking last season. At 29 years old, the 6-foot-6 wing will get a chance to further his development with the Lakers. Since Rob Pelinka is limited to minimum deals, this is surely one of the better ones. Toscano-Anderson is fresh off of winning the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors. While he was the odd man out of the rotation once Klay Thompson returned, he showed flashes of a valuable role player.
Last season he averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. While those numbers do not jump off the screen, Toscano-Anderson displayed great athleticism and a decent ability to knock down an open shot. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis garnering all the attention, JTA should have plenty of open looks.
The Warriors did not offer Toscano-Anderson a qualifying offer making him a free agent, which led him to Los Angeles. Like Malik Monk, he could use this time with the Lakers to bolster his stock and garner more lucrative offers with the number of minutes he will be getting with the purple and gold.
With the addition of Lonnie Walker IV, the Lakers will have some new faces on the perimeter. It’s tough to say what the Lakers will do with the remaining roster spots. They only have minimum deals to offer, so it will be slim pickings. However, Damian Jones was a minimum deal and that should pay off nicely.
It has been quite the journey for the former Marquette Golden Eagle. From playing in the Mexican Basketball League to the G-League, he is now an NBA Champion with a great opportunity to leave his mark with yet another marquee franchise.
In addition to JTA, the Lakers are signing Troy Brown, Jr. to a minimum contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Brown, a 6-6 forward out of Oregon, has spent four seasons in the NBA. He played 66 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16 minutes of playtime per game. The soon-to-be 23-year-old is not a scorer by any means – he has shot 42.9 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three for his career – but he can bring a level of energy, rebounding, and defensive upside to a team that has shown a desire to get much younger this offseason.
Brown’s best season came in 2019-20 when he played 25.8 minutes per game for the Washington Wizards and averaged career-highs in points (10.4), rebounds (5.6), assists (2.6), steals (1.2), and shooting percentage (43.9).