The Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating the possibility of signing an All-NBA free agent for two open roster spots, as conveyed by an executive from the team’s front office.
At the onset of the summer free agency period on July 1st, the Lakers, under the leadership of team president Rob Pelinka, acted swiftly to secure the contracts of essential incumbent free agents and promptly made additions to the roster. Notable among these signings are Gabe Vincent, a former point guard for the Miami Heat, and Taurean Prince, a former forward from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With two vacant spots remaining on the standard 15-man roster, the Lakers have the opportunity to bolster their bench strength with the addition of an All-NBA Free Agent.
Reports suggest that the Lakers are particularly interested in reinforcing their frontcourt. The team recently acquired Jaxson Hayes, a former center for the New Orleans Pelicans. In contrast, the Lakers chose not to retain the services of their own free agent big men, Mo Bamba and Wenyen Gabriel. While Gabriel remains available as a free agent, it appears less likely that the Lakers are inclined to re-sign him.
In the midst of discussions regarding potential additions, an unnamed league executive shared insights with NBA Analysis Network. This executive proposed that Blake Griffin, a six-time All-Star power forward who most recently played for the Boston Celtics, could be a valuable consideration for the Lakers.
During his tenure with the Boston Celtics, Griffin’s playing time was limited, and he found himself outside of the team’s regular rotation by the time the 2023 playoffs arrived. Across a mere 41 games, the 6’9″ power forward posted modest averages of 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, with an average playing time of 13.9 minutes per contest during the 2022-23 season